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Court Appointed Special Advocates Of Atlantic County Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Civil Rights

Mission: Court appointed special advocates of atlantic & cape may counties, inc. (casa) and its trained volunteers speak on behalf of abused and neglected children in the foster care system and are dedicated to ensuring these children are placed in safe permanent homes as quickly as possible.

Programs: Casa is a community based non-profit established in 1995 to serve children in atlantic county and expanded service to cape may county in 2002. Casa volunteer advocates are appointed by family court judges to advocate on behalf of children living in the foster care system. Casa's vision is to assign a casa volunteer advocate to every child in its service region. Casa staff recruited and trained 90 new community members to become casa volunteer advocates. Casa supported the work of 240 active volunteers who advocated for 550 children. Casa advocates worked with system collaborators and the courts and ultimately ensured that 146 children's cases achieved permanency.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I became involved with the organization for very very personal reasons, and through all of my own personal struggles I wanted to give back to this cause in some small way, so volunteering was the next step. The cases can be very heart breaking, while very very telling and learning for each individual, you meet very intelligent and kind, caring volunteers as well as a dedicated staff. This experience has taught me alot about the legal system specifically involving children who are abused and neglected and it has taught me alot about the human experience, not so much about forgiving a person for certain acts, but not letting those acts define your life.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a very well-run organization that is dedicated to serving the needs of abused and neglected children. The staff and volunteers at CASA provide hope and resources where there otherwise would be none.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization is easy to support due to the VERY sharp focus on children in the court system. It is extremely well run with a superior Executive Director and committed Board members. The Volunteers spend countless hours helping young children navigate the scary waters of the court system. This organization makes you laugh and cry at the same time you are spending your time helping.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a "hands on" organization which is making a difference in the prospects of children unfortunate enough to be placed in foster care. The emotional trauma of loosing one's home and being placed in an often faceless system where needs and wants can get lost in the shuffle can be molified by the presence of a CASA volunteer whose role is to advocate for the child's best interests and to follow through until there is permenancy restored to the child's life.

I have been a volunteer for almost 5 years and the rewards outweigh the frustrations when a child exits the system with my help.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a volunteer on the Child Placement Review Board, I saw first-hand how important it is for children in placements to have these dedicated, professional and caring advocates to speak on their behalf.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Upon retiring from many years as a teacher, I felt that I would like to get involved with an organization that specialized in giving back to the community. I trained as a CASA volunteer and have never regretted my time with CASA and the wonderful, caring group of people, both employees and volunteers.
CASA wants every child to have a safe and loving environment in which to grow. Often this is difficult and once in a while almost impossible, but everyone in the CASA organization works 24/7 to accomplish this.
During my years with CASA, I have found constant support to help me to give my case children the best possible help to achieve their best life. CASA is doing million dollar things for children with pennies.

Review from Guidestar