Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers have been best described as the eyes and ears of the court and often acts as the arms and legs of an overworked child protective system. From helping siblings find permanent homes together, to helping a child access needed services, to uncovering information that helps reunite a loving family, volunteer advocates make an incredible difference to the lives of abused and neglected children.
Over 40% of youth in Passaic County's foster care system are spanish speaking.
CASA volunteers are appointed by the Family Court Judge to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children. The primary responsibilities of a CASA volunteer are to:
Review documents and records, interview the children, family members and professionals in their lives.
Provide written reports to the court in preparation for all court proceedings.
Advocate for the child’s best interests “Be the Safety Net”: Seek cooperative solutions among individuals and organizations involved in the children’s lives.
Ensure that the children are receiving appropriate services by keeping the parties involved informed of any needs currently not being addressed. Bring concerns about the child’s health, education, mental health, etc. to the court’s immediate attention.
Monitor Case Plans and Court Orders:
Assist the Court by reporting any deviation from what the court has ordered for the life of the case.
Visit with the Child:
maintain a consistent and regular visiting schedule with the child, minimum of once per month.
Anyone who meets the following criteria is eligible to become a Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteer.
Must be at least 21 years of age
Must have the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing to prepare court reports and communicate with professionals in English and Spanish.
Give an 18 month commitment
Willing to donate 10 hours of service per month
Complete a 36 hour per-service training course
Pass a background check including criminal, child abuse registry, sexual offender registry, and references.
Must possess mature judgment, high degree of responsibility and sufficient time to serve the best interest of the child.
Must be able to relate to persons of different cultures, ethnic backgrounds and socioeconomic status.
**This is an unpaid, volunteer position**
Job Type: Part-time
Job Type: Part-time