Elizabeth, NJ (August 1, 2018) —Mountainside’s Ron Silver has taken the reins of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Union County’s board of trustees. Not only has the retired dentist served on the nonprofit’s board several years, he also trained as a child advocate and spent six years as a CASA advocating for foster youth.
CASA of Union County recruits, trains, supervises and supports community volunteers to advocate for abused, neglected and abandoned Union County children, from birth to age 21, removed from home and placed in foster care or residential facilities. There are nearly 500 Union County youth in foster care.
“I’ve been part of CASA of Union County in several ways over the years: from training and advocating for teens aging out without a family or safety net — and for whom I was proud to be in their corner — to serving as a board trustee supporting staff, events and the general direction and welfare of the organization. As a father — no, as a human — it’s my obligation to give my time, something simple in effort but powerful in result, to fragile children in our own community. I’m fortunate to be part of the greater good CASA of Union County leaves in its wake,” said Silver.
Executive Director Marla Higginbotham, noted, “We are so pleased to have Ron take the reins of our board during a time of major growth for the organization, thanks to a new paradigm that dramatically increases the number of youth we will be able to reach. Ron understands all the layers involved: what it takes to be a successful advocate, where the youth are coming from, the challenges for and commitment of staff, and the import of our work — from the granular level to the big picture.”
Other changes to the board of trustees include elevation of Newark attorney Anne Collart of Rahway to vice president, and addition of real estate agent Terry Gould of Westfield and Edison attorney Adam Rothenberg of Scotch Plains. Collart and Gould also trained and have served as advocates, and Rothenberg’s wife Christie has advocated for five Union County foster youth over the last four years.
Through court-ordered access to foster parents, doctors, caseworkers, therapists and teachers, CASA volunteers ensure a child’s best interests remain a priority while working toward establishing a safe, stable and permanent home. CASA of Union County serves half the county’s youth in care; its goal is to reach every child. For details on how to get involved, reach Courtney at (908) 293-8136.