June 6, 2014 at 10:20 AM
You can make a difference in the life of an abused and neglected child in Passaic County by becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate this summer or fall. Passaic County CASA is currently serving 159 abused and neglected children, which is approximately 20% of the children in foster care in Passaic County and with your help will be able to reach more children in need. CASA volunteers serve as the voice of the child in the court and child welfare systems. The goal of the CASA program is to ensure that each child reaches a safe and permanent home as quickly as possible while receiving the needed appropriate services. CASA volunteers play a critical role to ensure this happens by visiting their assigned child monthly, interviewing interested parties, reviewing records, attending court hearings and providing reports to the Judge. Passaic County CASA hopes to recruit new volunteers in order to increase the number of children they serve.
CASA volunteer advocates must undergo 36 hours of training, a thorough background check, finger printing, court observation and a swearing in ceremony prior to being appointed to a case. Training is offered during daytime hours for the summer class for the week of 7/28 from9:30-3:30 each day. Evening training classes will be offered in the Fall on Monday and Wednesday evenings for 5 weeks from 9/29 through 11/3.
About Passaic County CASA for Children
Passaic County CASA is a nonprofit organization that recruits, screens, trains, and supervises volunteers to “Speak Up for a Child” removed from home due to abuse or neglect. CASA is the only program in New Jersey that uses trained volunteers to work one-on-one with children, ensuring that each child receives needed services and achieves permanency in a safe, nurturing home. The first step is to attend an information session. The current schedule for these sessions are as follows; Tuesday evenings at 6:00 pm, 06/17/2014, 07/01/2014, 07/15/2014, 07/29/2014. All information sessions and classes are held in our Wayne office. To RSVP or for additional information please visit passaiccountycasa.org or call our office at 973-832-4002.