The Issue: Abused and Neglected Children in Foster Care
Last year, approximately 600 children from Monmouth County lived in foster care due to abuse or neglect in their homes, according to CASA for Children of Monmouth County. Due to the limited availability of volunteers, judges assign CASA volunteers to their most difficult and complex cases, which often involve prior maltreatment or contact with child welfare, extreme neglect, physical or sexual abuse, and children with high levels of risk. Children in these circumstances often enter these proceedings without the kind of one-on-one advocacy that CASA provides. Those who do get an advocate are more likely to find a safe, permanent home, which makes them more likely to be adopted, to do better in school, and to experience improved behavior.
The Campaign: Providing Advocates for Children in Foster Care
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by CASA for Children of Monmouth County to help advocate for children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect. For every $34 raised, the organization can provide a volunteer court-appointed special advocate to work with a child in foster care for one week. Throughout the court proceedings, these advocates ensure that the children entrusted to them don't fall through the cracks in the overburdened social-service system or remain in inappropriate foster homes. For many children, these CASA volunteers are the only constant adult presence in their lives during this time.
CASA programs, which currently operate in all of New Jersey's 21 counties, served 2,977 children last year alone. Click here to find a local program.
CASA for Children of Monmouth County
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for Children of Monmouth County helps watch over children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect and advocates for their best interests in court. After 30 hours of intensive training, CASA volunteers ensure that each child’s voice is present in court proceedings, with the hope of securing safe, permanent homes where children can grow and thrive. Each advocate champions one child or group of siblings, researching the case, interviewing parties relevant to it, and providing valuable information to the court so judges can make the best decisions concerning the child’s future. Volunteers work with the child for as long as necessary—from a few months to a few years—until he or she is placed in a safe home.