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CROWDRISE : Mar 27, 2014
Tax ID: 20-4350731
BASED: Toms River, NJ, United States



I am for the Child

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Ocean County, Inc. is an independent, non-profit organization, whose mission is advocating for the best interest of vulnerable children in foster care that have been removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect. The vision of CASA of Ocean County is to provide a CASA Volunteer for every foster child in Ocean County.

A child in foster care, by no fault of their own, becomes a part of a very complicated Child Welfare System, and they are taken away from much more than their home and parents/siblings.  When an abused child is placed in foster care they are assigned multiple case workers, a law guardian and a Children in Court Judge.  A CASA Volunteer is appointed by the Judge on the most complicated cases to ensure the child’s medical, educational, and emotional needs are met while in foster care.

A CASA Volunteer is the one compassionate, consistent and caring advocate that will make an investigation into the changes involving the child’s life.  The volunteer will prepare court reports to the Judge with recommendations that will assist the Judge as they are making the best decisions on behalf of the child. The CASA Volunteer serves as the child’s voice in court that is often unheard.

A foster child faces a multitude of problems while in foster care due to the lack of integration and coordination of efforts and services that exists inside and outside of the Family Court System.  This directly contributes to delays in case handling and decision making that are not optimal for the child who is waiting for their forever home.  Too often, Child Placement Review Boards, Family Court Judges, Division Case Managers, attorneys and law guardians that are involved in permanency hearings do not share information.  This further contributes to children waiting in foster care while lingering court proceedings extend long periods of time.  Research findings report that a foster child with a CASA of their own will have reduced time in the court system by up to 12 months.  Not to mention, the CASA ensures health records are transferred, educational needs are being met, basic needs such as adequate clothing and food are given and overall the volunteer is working to improve the child has a better quality of life

Tax ID: 20-4350731 •


Casa of Ocean County

Casa of Ocean County

Amount Raised:



4% Raised of $15,000 Goal

Provide a CASA Volunteer to an Abused Child Removed from their Home and Placed in Foster Care

Provide a CASA Volunteer to …

Amount Raised:



0% Raised of $32,000 Goal