About Us

- The Children We Serve -

Each year 500 children from Somerset, Hunterdon, and Warrren counties are thrust into the court system through no fault of their own. 
These children have been victims of physical, sexual and/or psychological abuse, neglect, or abandonment. 
CASA SHaW ensures these children have a voice in the court proceedings that determine their fates.
CASA SHaW works to ensure that every child is provided an opportunity to be placed into a safe, loving, and permanent home.
More about CASA Kids HERE!

- The Advocates That Serve -
A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is a trained citizen who is appointed by a judge to represent the best interests of a child in court. Children helped by CASA volunteers are those who have been removed from their home because of abuse or neglect.

CASA volunteers provide judges statewide with carefully researched background information for each assigned child to help the court make a sound decision about the child’s future. Each case is as unique as the child involved, and best interest recommendations are tailored for that child's needs. The CASA volunteer recommends if it is in the child’s best interest to remain in foster care, be returned to his or her parent/guardian, or be freed for adoption. The CASA volunteer stays with the case until it is permanently resolved, giving the child at least one stable adult presence throughout their time in foster care.

Care to join us?
Volunteer Info HERE!

- Where We Serve -

CASA SHaW serves Somerset, Hunterdon, and Warren counties of New Jersey (SHaW). 
CASA programs and CASA volunteers serve children in foster care throughout most of New Jersey. 
There are 16 independent CASA programs serving each of the NJ court vicinages.

- Our Partners -

CASA SHaW strives to build vauable partnerships within the local community, with other organizations, and with other CASA affiliates.
Learn more about our Partners HERE!
Interested in becoming a Partner? Contact Us HERE!

- CASA Stats -
Every 35 seconds a child is abused or neglected. Many of these children end up in foster care

50% of children in foster care do not graduate high school or get a GED

12% of children in foster care end up homeless

40% of abused and neglected children are served by CASA SHaW

96.5% of children served by CASA SHaW do nt return to foster care


    100% foster children will receive advocates
   100% foster children will be placed in safe homes
     100% foster children will not return to foster care




In 1977, a Seattle Superior Court Judge named David Soukup was concerned about trying to make decisions on behalf of abused and neglected children in foster care without enough information. He conceived the idea of appointing community volunteers to independently investigate the cases, make recommendations, and speak up in court about what was in the best interest of the child. He made a request for volunteers; 50 citizens responded and became the start of the CASA movement. News of the success of Judge Soukup’s experiment spread and CASA programs sprang up all over the United States. Currently there are over 1,000 CASA Programs throughout the United States and CASA volunteers have helped more than 2 million children find safe, permanent homes in which they can thrive.

Today CASA is a network of more than 950 programs in 49 states recruiting, training, and supporting volunteers to represent the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courtroom and other settings.

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) reports that children with a CASA Advocate are substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care and families with a CASA Advocate receive more services and cases where CASA is involved are more likely to be permanently closed, leading the OIG to conclude that "CASA is effective in identifying the needs of children and parents." 

CASA is a 501(c)3 organization and all donations are fully tax-deductible. Thank you for your support!
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