Child advocate volunteer
At Bergen County CASA, our volunteer child advocates are the heart and soul of our non profit organization based in Northern New Jersey.
CASA child advocate volunteers work one-on-one with children in foster care located throughout New Jersey. We offer child advocate volunteer opportunities for qualified, responsible, adults.
Many volunteers become a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) while others work behind the scenes in administrative and other support capacities.
You may ask who can be a Child Advocate Volunteer?
- You must be over 21 years of age,
- Have job flexibility to take and make calls during the day
- Have a valid driver’s license
- Be able to visit the child wherever he or she is placed in New Jersey
- Pass all the Background screens
Our Advocates need to be at a stable point in their lives – in order to be able to commit to stay on their case for at least 2 years.
Additionally, Advocates need to be able to participate in Family Court hearings. Hearings can be in the morning or afternoon and while you get an approximate time it is an estimate and so Advocate Volunteers need to be available for the entire morning or afternoon that day. Additionally court hearings are approximately every three months.
Child Advocate Volunteers must not have a conflict of interest. This can include the following:
- Child Placement Review Board
- Judicial Employee
- On CASA Board
- Resource Parent
- State Employee (depending on the role)
There are many ways to support Bergen County CASA if you cannot be a Child Advocate Volunteer. You canmake 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 to positively impact Bergen County’s foster children. Additionally volunteers are on our Board of Trustees and assist with fundraising. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.