Passaic County CASA Needs Volunteers
Become An Advocate for An Abused and Neglected Child
WAYNE, NJ – Passaic County Court Appointed Special Advocates need volunteers who are able to be that person for the most vulnerable population: children in foster care.
Across Passaic County, there are over 300 children, from newborns to teenagers, who are in foster care each year and need a volunteer advocate called a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), to be their voice, their advocate, their person each year.
Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASAs, work one-on-one with an abused or neglected child, advocating for their needs and gathering information from the family, caretakers, teachers, doctors, and caseworkers to make informed recommendations to the family court about the child’s future.
Volunteers do not need specific background, training, or education to become a CASA; all training and resources are provided through 36 hours of pre-service training and ongoing continuing education.
“The training provided is informative and enjoyable,” Court Appointed Special Advocate Candace Eardley of Totowa said, “The feeling of having helped a child, even in some small way, is indescribable,” she added.
The first step to becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate is to attend a volunteer information session. Information sessions are a non-committal opportunity for community members to learn more about the volunteer program and ask questions about the volunteer experience.
Upcoming volunteer information sessions are as follows:
- Thursday, June 29, 2023 at 5:30pm
- Friday, June 30, 2023 at 10:00am
- Thursday, July 13, 2023 at 5:30pm
- Friday, July 14, 2023 at 10:00am
- Thursday, July 27, 2023 at 5:30pm
All Information Sessions occur at the Passaic County CASA office, 415 Hamburg Turnpike, Suite D2, Wayne, New Jersey 07470.
For more information about the volunteer program, visit www.passaiccountycasa.org or e-mail Julie Ritsema at email@example.com
To sign up for an informational session, visit www.passaiccountycasa.org/getting-started or call (973) 832-4002.
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. Last year, over 300 youth went through the Passaic County foster care system. For additional information, please visit www.passaiccountycasa.org