Volunteers To Be Sworn In To Serve Children In Foster Care

ELIZABETH—Seventeen volunteer advocates will be sworn into service on Monday, July 6 to serve out-of-placement children – including those in the foster care system – in Union County through Court Appointed Special Advocates of Union County.

Court Appointed Special Advocates [CASA] of Union County, Inc. is an independent, non-profit organization committed to advocating for the best interests of children in out-of-home placement. CASA trains community volunteers who work to ensure that needed services and assistance are made available, in a timely fashion, to children in placement while helping to move them as quickly as possible to safe and permanent homes.

To date, there are over 1,000 children in care within Union County. CASA has served over 130 children through 80 sworn volunteer advocates.

“During these difficult economic times, it is usually children in care who are forgotten. It is CASA’s responsibility to ensure these children are not forgotten and that their voices are heard. CASA of Union County believes that every child deserves a safe, loving, permanent home,” said Dominic Prophete, executive director.

CASA volunteers come from all walks of life, with a variety of professional, educational and ethnic backgrounds. The commonality amongst CASA volunteers is their conviction that every child deserves a safe, nurturing, and permanent home.

Findings show that children who have been assigned a CASA volunteer tend to spend less time in court and less time within the foster care system than those who do not have CASA representation. Judges have observed that CASA children also have better chances of finding permanent homes than children without CASA representation.

To learn more about CASA of Union County, visit www.casaofunioncounty.org.

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