In the state of NJ, every citizen, regardless of occupation, is a mandatory reporter of child abuse and/or neglect.
If you suspect someone is being abused or neglected, please call the state child welfare hotline at 1-877-NJ-ABUSE (1-877-652-2873)
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The Volunteer Role
“Volunteers are unpaid not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.”
This quote is very important to us at CASA for Children of Bergen County because our volunteers are truly priceless to us. They are the heart and soul of our organization and we would be nothing without them. There might not be a more noble cause than helping those who cannot help themselves. Volunteering in any capacity is admirable but providing help for the children of Bergen County is especially valuable as it brings your efforts close to home.
Whether you choose to volunteer as an advocate, or a few hours per week in our office, or provide volunteer support for one of our special events, your time and talents are valuable to us.
To learn more about each of these types of volunteering, please click on the links below:
CASA Volunteers are appointed by family court judges to advocate for the best interest of an abused or neglected child during their time in the child welfare system. They are in essence, the voice of the child, in court. CASA Volunteers interview parents, doctors, educators, foster parents, therapists, and anyone else involved in the life of the child they are assigned. Their goal is to provide child-focused reports to the court, which will lead to a speedy, safe, and permanent placement for the child. This is why it is imperative for these volunteers to go through extensive training.
All Volunteers are screened closely for objectivity, competence, and commitment. You can become a CASA volunteer if:
Typically, a CASA volunteer will spend an average 10-20 hours per month working with their assigned case. Each case is different, so the amount of time required to get the job done varies significantly. We do require the volunteer to visit the child once every two weeks and be in court once every three months. CASA for Children of Bergen County asks that you make a one-year commitment. We prefer that a volunteer continue with their assigned case until it is permanently resolved which typically involves an 18 months - two year commitment. One of the primary benefits of the CASA program is that, unlike many caseworkers, most CASA volunteers remain a consistent figure during the course of case proceedings. This provides important continuity for children.
To learn more about being a CASA volunteer click here .
Summer Training: TBD
Not everyone has a schedule flexible enough to make a long-term volunteer commitment to our organization. Our special events are excellent opportunities to participate in done-in-a-day volunteer roles. CASA for Children of Bergen County hosts and participates in several extraordinary special events throughout the year to help raise critical dollars to support our work with abused and neglected children. We have annual events like our CASA Casino Night which is held in April each year and we are always looking for individuals that want to help. Our special event volunteers provide support by assisting our staff with many tasks during an event. They provide the behind-the-scenes work that makes an event run smoothly. Volunteers can also assist in preparation and set up of an event or in locating in-kind donations for an event; everything from helping to put baskets together, sell raffle tickets, check in attendees, act as runners during the event, and so much more. They truly are a great help in making this night such a success!