What Bergen County CASA does
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Bergen County is a non-profit organization that supports and promotes court-appointed volunteer advocacy for children in the foster system. CASA volunteers are committed to changing children’s stories so that any child who has experienced abuse or neglect can be safe, and have a permanent home, and the opportunity to thrive. As part of a CASA’s work to secure the services and assistance these vulnerable children need, we train and supervise volunteers who are called to advocate for their best interests.
David Soukup, advocate for abused and neglected children, dies at 90
In 1976, Judge Soukup founded what became Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, a now national organization that represents the interests in court of nearly 250,000 abused or neglected children, most of them in foster care, in 49 states and Washington, D.C.
Help us keep his legacy alive.
Spring 2024 Advocate Training
Our next training session for new Advocates will begin in April 2024. It will run for 12 weeks on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, from 6-9pm. Participation will be via Zoom Meeting. There will be a one-time, in person orientation on Saturday, April 6th from 10:30am- 1pm.
The Advocate training curriculum includes the following topics: the role of the volunteer, the child welfare system, needs and development of children, trauma, mental health, poverty, professional communication, cultural competence, educational needs, and permanency.
Zen Room for Foster Children
The Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P) is committed to providing a supportive and nurturing environment for foster teens. That’s why they are creating a new adolescent Zen Room, a space where teens can relax, reflect, and regulate their emotions. The Zen Room will be equipped with various items that promote well-being, such as pillow chairs, a mini-Zen garden, fidget toys, coloring books, and kinetic sand. However, DCP&P still needs some additional items to make the Zen Room complete, such as a sound machine, a lava lamp, a weighted blanket, and a yoga mat. These items are on their Amazon Wish List.
Your generous donation will help DCP&P provide a calming and comfortable space for foster teens and their case workers. Thank you for your support!
Their commitment, vigilance and persistence offer hope where there has been little.”
– Marian Wright Edelman, Founder of the Children’s Defense Fund
What is a CASA?
CASA Advocate volunteers work one-on-one with children in foster care, and give these vulnerable children a voice by advocating for their best interests. As a CASA volunteer, you will collaborate with professionals from different fields to ensure judges have the facts they need to make informed decisions. If you are interested in helping to change a child’s story for the better, we would like to hear from you.
The human and financial resources behind CASA of Bergen County (Bergen CASA) help turn around hundreds of young lives every year. Our impact is seen every day, in the many thousands of hours our advocates donate to their cases. Our non-profit organization leads the continued growth and development of a nationwide network of CASA programs that recruit, train and support volunteers.
Donated advocate hours
Children reunified or adopted
Recommendations accepted by the courts
Source: Bergen CASA 2017 to 2023 Annual Reports
Donate to help kids
There are many ways to support our programs that benefit the children we help. You may make a one-time or recurring monetary donation, work with your employer to establish a matching grant program, or become a corporate sponsor. The funds help us fulfill our mission and make the greatest impact possible for foster children from our Bergen County communities.