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CASA of NJ
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Helen L. Davis is the Stateside Volunteer Coordinator for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of New Jersey. CASA of NJ provides a voice for abused and neglected children by empowering a statewide network of county-based CASA programs. Working through community volunteers, these programs advocate on behalf of children in foster care and other out-of-home placements to ensure their well-being and ultimate placement in safe and nurturing permanent homes. During 2018, CASA affiliates throughout the State provided trained community advocates to over 3500 children in foster care.
This past August, Investors Bank and the New York Giants announced a joint corporate social responsibility program that will benefit CASA of NJ. Each time the NY Giants score a touchdown, field goal, or safety during this season, the Investors Bank Foundation will donate $250 to CASA of NJ. Investors Bank CEO Kevin Cummings stated, “We are proud to be able to support all of the good work that CASA does throughout New Jersey. Commitment to the community is one of our core principles at Investors Bank.”
CASA of NJ is grateful and proud to have been chosen by Investors Bank and the New York Giants. “Our hope is that this partnership will raise awareness of the need for individuals from across the state to step up and volunteer as Court Appointed Special Advocates,” said Associate Director Liza M. Kirschenbaum, Esq.
Over half of the 9,500 children from New Jersey placed in foster care due to abuse and neglect at home are waiting for a caring adult to speak up for their best interests in court and in the community.
What services do you provide? How long have you been in business?
The vision of CASA of NJ is that all children of New Jersey who have been removed from their families because of abuse or neglect are served by a qualified, well-trained Court Appointed Special Advocate.
CASA is a national organization, and CASA of NJ was formed in 1985 as a non-profit serving every county in the State. CASA of NJ operates out of 14 physical office locations.
Who do you want to work with / Who is your target audience?
Individuals from every community in the State of New Jersey that have a “heart for children.” We recruit volunteers 21 years and over who are open to committing their time and support to children that have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect.
What separates your business from the competition?
We are the only program of its kind in the State of New Jersey that recruits, trains and supports individuals from the community to be advocates for children in the foster care system.
How can other members refer you to your ideal clients/customers?
We are actively looking for volunteers 21 years of age and over with the time and flexibility to visit and support children in foster care and to advocate for them in Family Court.
How long have you been a member of the NJ LGBT Chamber of Commerce?
We are new members! We recently joined the Chamber because we were attracted to its mission.
What do you wish to accomplish (or have you already accomplished) with your membership with the NJ LGBT Chamber of Commerce?
There are approximately 175,000 youth age 10-18 in foster care in the United States. An estimated 5 to 10 percent of this population – and likely more – are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning.
Like all young people, LGBTQ youth in foster care need the support of a nurturing family to help them negotiate adolescence and grow into healthy adults. However, LGBTQ youth in foster care face additional challenges. Despite these challenges, LGBTQ youth – like all youth in the child welfare system – can heal and thrive when families commit to accepting, loving, and supporting them as they grow into their potential as adults. All youth in care need nurturing homes that provide them with a safe place to process their feelings of grief and loss, freedom to express who they are, and structure to support them in becoming responsibility, healthy adults. Creating a welcoming foster home for LGBTQ youth is not much different from creating a safe and supportive home for any youth.
Where can we find you online or on Social Media?