EVENT: OceanFirst Charity Challenge
COURT APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATES OF OCEAN COUNTY INC wrote -Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Ocean County, Inc. is an independent, non-profit organization, whose missions are committed to advocating for the best interest of vulnerable children in foster care that have been removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect. The CASA volunteer serves as the child’s voice in court and is committed to moving the child towards a safe and permanent home. CASA of Ocean County exists to recruit, screen, provide training and supervise the CASA Volunteers. The vision of CASA of Ocean County is to provide a CASA Volunteer for every foster child in Ocean County.
Currently, there are over 400 children in foster care in Ocean County. Each one of these children needs a CASA Volunteer of their own. The parents of these disadvantaged children are typically struggling with issues such as poverty, substance & alcohol abuse, domestic violence, mental illness and/or all of the above. The average cost annually to provide advocacy to a child is $1,200.
Due to limited funding sources & program standards, the program is not able to supervise more than the existing volunteer base. For each of the 32 Volunteers, in order to meet Judiciary requirements, we must employ one Case Supervisor.
In order for the CASA organization to reach its goal to provide a CASA Volunteer to every child in Ocean County that needs one, they must actively seek and gain funding sources from multiple funding streams to build the organization’s capacity to supervise new program volunteers. This effort includes grant seeking, fundraising and developing donor relationships with potential funders so we may serve more children.
The funds raised from this challenge will be utilized to help the organization recruit, train and supervise 20-25 new volunteers that will advocate on behalf of 55-60 new foster children. Help us reach our goal to raise $32,000 toward this cause and say, "I am for the CHILD".