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  • Giving Tuesday 2017

CASA Matters

Children matter. Our volunteers matter. YOU matter. CASA Matters. 

Welcome to our blog! Check back for volunteer spotlights, CASA news, and matters we care about most. 


  • In New Jersey, there are approximately 11,000 children in the foster care system. These vulnerable children often spend years in foster care, moving from one placement to another without ever achieving a sense of permanency, roots, or stability.

  • Giving Tuesday is about more than giving financial support to your charities of choice. It’s about redefining what it means to give, and about doing so as a community.

  • “It was an eye-opener…we played cards, talked, and I could tell he was skeptical I would ever come back,” Tony said. “Each time I did, he opened up more, became more comfortable, and we had more smiles. There is something about constancy and sticking with things--that’s more than half the battle.”

  • “CASA has put me in a world I did not previously know much about, the foster care and legal systems world.”

  • “My work with CASA has caused me to slow down and look at things from more perspectives than I previously knew existed,” Lenor said. “I have found that problems are solved not by premature judgements, but rather through patience and flexibility.”

  • April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

  • By the time you finish reading this, more than 30 cases of child abuse will be reported to authorities nationwide. By the end of today, that number will swell past 9,000. Four of those children will die at the hands of their abuser. All in a single day.

  • “To me, volunteering is a way to give back to the world all of the blessings I have received. It is the one gift that goes beyond money and that touches lives in a positive way,”

  • It is about celebrating the values of service and giving back to our communities, both local and transnational. There is so much we can do to make a positive impact here in our own backyard. This year, CASA of Morris and Sussex Counties is again joining the global movement, and we want to double our impact.

  • “I have seen the frustrations, struggles and ongoing cycles that are created. I have developed a great sense of empathy and a greater understanding for those struggling. In addition, I have met some genuinely amazing people, including the resource family, various professional staff, caseworkers and many others who work hard in the best interest of these children.”

  • “Stephen brings a sense of calmness into the lives of children who very often find themselves in chaos.”

  • “For me, volunteering is about both community service and personal enrichment. It has been a way to learn new skill-sets, gain knowledge and make professional and personal connections in my community,” Liz said. “During times when my employment has not been a source of satisfaction or pride, volunteering has provided an opportunity to pursue my passion for helping others.”

  • “Without question, my favorite part about being a volunteer advocate has been the growing relationship between my CASA kids and me. It has been so meaningful to see the way their lives have changed now that they are in a stable environment.”

  • “Michael is a longtime advocate who continues to spread the CASA mission and makes a profound impact on the youth he serves.”

  • “Volunteering is important because it humbles you. It reminds you that there are people who are suffering, struggling, and that no matter what their circumstances are, they are worthy of attention. It takes you outside of your personal bubble, keeps your eyes open to what is easily ignored, and forces you to be selfless. “

  • Go Blue for CASA served to raise awareness of the traumas suffered by children who are victims of abuse and neglect, and raised funds to support advocacy for these vulnerable children.

  • Through the hard work of over 1,400 past and current CASA volunteers, the lives of 5,500 children, who were victims of abuse and neglect, have been forever changed.

  • “I feel that it is very important to volunteer in my community. After I retired, I knew I was going to miss children, so the CASA organization was a perfect match. Being a CASA, I have an opportunity to ‘give back.'"

  • "I am always learning. It has been a worthwhile endeavor, and I feel I am making a difference in those lives I have touched. My favorite part about being a CASA is being able to help those who are hurting. “

  • “My favorite part of being an advocate is witnessing, first hand, the resiliency of the human spirit.”

  • “What I was looking for was meaningful volunteer work. And in volunteering with CASA that’s exactly what I found.”

  • A global movement is taking the world by storm this season. On November 29th, CASA is joining that movement. And we hope you do so, too.

  • Our first Volunteer Spotlight is on Kim Kramer. Thank you Kim, for your admirable work as a CASA volunteer.

  • There are plenty of ways to help children in foster care without becoming a foster parent. Check out our top 5.


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