WAYNE, NJ - More than 50 staff members, volunteers, and board members from Passaic County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) celebrated the impact of CASA volunteers at the organization's Volunteer Appreciation Brunch on April 28, at Laurelwood Arboretum in Wayne. T

his annual event recognizes Passaic County CASA volunteer advocates and the difference they make in the lives of children in the foster care system. 

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.

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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.

“Anyone can become a Court Appointed Special Advocate,” Passaic County CASA Director of Outreach and Training Jessica Mickley said. “All you need is compassion, commitment, and a willingness to learn. You don’t have to have any special training to become a CASA; we will provide all of the resources and information you need.”