GFWC Vernon Township Woman’s Club

General Federation of Women’s Clubs

Vernon, New Jersey


Highlands District

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SPECIAL STATE PROJECT 2018-2020
COURT APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATES FOR CHILDREN
(CASA OF NEW JERSEY), INC.

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MISSION STATEMENT

CASA of NJ provides a voice for abused and neglected children by empowering a statewide network of local CASA programs serving all 21 counties of NJ. Dedicated community volunteers advocate in Family Court for the best interests of children in foster care to ensure their safety and well-being, and ultimately, their placement in nurturing, permanent homes with loving families.

QUICK FACTS ABOUT CASA

CASA of NJ is a STATEWIDE organization serving children and youth in all 21 counties;

Nearly 1,900 volunteer child advocates served 3,866 children in foster care this past year;

Children served by a CASA volunteer while in foster care are placed in permanent homes faster than children without a CASA volunteer;

Volunteers’ donated services to children are currently valued at over $5 million per year;

CASA services to children save the State of NJ and taxpayers over $7 million per year;

CASA programs must rely on donations for more than 50% of their budgets each year;

CASA is unique – it is the only non-profit organization approved by state statute to advocate for children in Family Court; and

CLUB PROJECTS

Enhance Children’s Lives in Foster Care

We have collected Back-to-School Backpacks filled with school supplies

Knit blankets, hats, and scarves to keep children warm (advocates will ensure these items move with children when they change foster placements)

We are not collecting beach towels to bring to the June Council.  These towels will be distributed to the foster children within the program.

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