Advocate Corner

Supporting our intrepid volunteers.

In service training

Upcoming events

            • Redlining in Bergen County with Lynne Algrant | Friday, September 23rd from 10:00 am- 11:30 am at One Bergen
              Learn how social inequality and systematic injustice negatively impacted both blacks and white immigrant families in our County!
              RSVP to Lauren
            • Wynona’s House Annual Conference on Child Maltreatment October 11th from 8:30am-4:00pm
              There is an upcoming Annual Conference on Child Maltreatment (hosted by Wynona’s House) that is comprised of a series of trainings and workshops with the theme of “Child Safety in the Dawn of the Metaverse – Are We Ready for this New Frontier?”. The conference moves through a series of workshops that will focus on enhancing Children Advocacy Center and Multidisciplinary (MDT) competencies to improve collaborative response and provision of an array of services, including medical and mental health, to children victimized in virtual environments as well as current and evolving laws, strategies, and practices to help protect children online and keep them safe. Register Here


    Ongoing events


    Pre-service training

    Advocacy Tip #1

    Enter  contact notes as soon as possible so they have immediacy!  They will be a more accurate record of what you heard than if you wait and let your mind ‘process’ the information.

    Advocacy Tip #2

    In your Contact Logs in Optima, always check the box next to the child the contact was about, even if the child was not present for the conversation!

    Advocacy Tip #3

    The primary source is always your best source of information! For example, if a resource parent mentions how a child is doing at daycare, reach out to the daycare and talk to the teacher or make an appointment to observe the child at daycare; if the resource parent discusses a trip to the pediatrician, contact the pediatrician to get the records; etc.

    Advocacy Tip #4

    Use the court report as a guide to your monthly contacts.  Think about the people in each section that could provide the best information about the child and communicate with them regularly.

    Advocacy Tip #5

    Ask questions – be aware of our human tendency to fill in gaps by making assumptions – keep asking questions and get your source to paint the entire picture for you.

    Advocacy Tip #6

    Remind parties that you are reporting to the court (particularly if folks are slow to get you information).  Sometimes that is a powerful reminder!

    Advocacy Tip #7

    Maximize your court efficacy by ensuring:  

    • you are clearly identified as a participant so the court staff cannot overlook you,
    • you join Zoom early and are prepared to wait (your time slot is just an estimate),
    • and you are prepared to speak-up succinctly and clearly when it is your turn!

    Advocacy Tip #8

    When communicating with teens you need to be TOTALLY authentic and TOTATLLY present. 

    Advocacy Tip #9

    The Bergen CASA office can receive and send faxes such as pediatrician or any doctor records. Use us as your FAX!

    Advocacy Tip #10

    We have lots of toys and games in the Bergen CASA office that can be loaned out and used during a visit, or on a rainy day, or just to have some fun. Stop by and see what’s avaible. 

    Teen Advocacy Forum

    Teen Advocates meet on the 4th Thursday of each month at 5:30pm to share experiences, resources, successes, and to problem solve.

    Zoom Meeting:


    • September 22nd
    • October 27th
    • November TBD
    • December TBD