History and Milestones

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What is CASA?

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is authorized by State Statute and Federal Law to help the Court and Child Welfare systems make “best interest” decisions on behalf of children removed from home because of abuse or neglect. CASA volunteer advocates help to ensure that abused and neglected children who are placed in foster care and other out-of-home placements are safe and receive the services they need to achieve well-being. CASA advocates reduce the number of moves between placements, help shorten the overall time a child remains in placement, and serve as a consistent person in the child’s life until that child achieves permanency in a safe home with a loving family. 

CASA of New Jersey

CASA Affiliates recruit and train community volunteers to be a "voice in court" for children removed from their homes due to abuse and/or neglect. These advocates "speak up" for these children, helping them get the services they need and ensuring that they find safe, permanent homes. CASA programs operate in all 21 counties in New Jersey.   During fiscal year 2018, 1,896 CASA volunteers provided services and advocacy for 3,877 children placed in the state's care. We are pleased to publish the CASA of New Jersey  FY 2018 Annual Report, which includes fiscal and statistical information gathered from the New Jersey CASA Affiliate network.


 The following are the steps in the process of becoming a volunteer advocate for children in the foster care system

  1. Sign-up to identify the location of your local CASA office and have someone contact you atwww.CASAforChildrenNJ.org
  2. Attend an Information Session to learn more about becoming a CASA volunteer.
  3. Complete and submit an application including references. Applications are distributed at the Information Sessions.
  4. Attend an interview with 2 CASA staff members.
  5. Complete fingerprinting and background checks.
  6. If all of the above are completed and you are accepted into the volunteer training, you will complete 36 hours of training (1/2 online and 1/2 in-person).
  7. At the completion of the training you will be sworn in by one of our judges and then you will be assigned to a case as a CASA volunteer.

For additional information, visit: www.CASAforChildrenNJ.org or contact Helen Davis, CASA Statewide Volunteer Sourcing Coordinator at hdavis@casaofnj.org - (973) 975-8050

"The Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Programs have a record of public service protecting the safety and well-being of New Jersey's abused and neglected children, defending them from harm and ensuring that they are provided with the court-ordered services they need."
~ Philip D. Murphy, Governor of the State of New Jersey CASA Child Advocate Day Proclamation, April 6, 2018