Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Union County welcomes real estate agent Terry Gould of Westfield  to its board of trustees.

CASA of Union County is a nonprofit organization that recruits, trains, supervises and supports community volunteers to advocate for abused, neglected and abandoned Union County children removed from home and placed in foster care or residential facilities. There are nearly 500 Union County children in foster care.

Gould, who also serves as the board’s advocate liaison, was a CASA volunteer in Connecticut and, after relocating to the Garden State, she trained with CASA of Union County as well. In total, she has served four years advocating for foster youth. The certified public accountant held various posts in finance and accounting, including with Paramount Pictures in Los Angeles, is now is a Realtor with Sotheby’s International Realty.

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“We are so pleased Terry and Adam (Rothenberg) joined the board,” said Executive Director Marla Higginbotham. “Both have personal connections to our work: Terry has been a CASA volunteer in two states, and Adam’s wife is a long-time volunteer who’s advocated for five youth and he’s seen firsthand the responsibility — and reward — that brings. Add to that Terry’s finance experience and Adam’s work as an attorney to help those in crisis, the board expects to continue to flourish with their added support and expertise.”

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 currently serves half the county’s youth in care; its goal is to provide an advocate for every child. To do that, more volunteers are needed. For details on training or other ways to get involved, contact Courtney at cgreen@casaofunioncounty.org or (908) 293-8136.