GIVE EVERY CHILD A CHANCE (GECC)

GIVE EVERY CHILD A CHANCE



We are CASA SHaW

CASA SHaW serves the Somerset, Hunterdon, and Warren (SHaW) counties of New Jersey. We are the voice of children in foster care, and we work to ensure that every child is provided an opportunity to be placed into a safe, loving, and permanent home.

Committment
 
The CASA SHaW team is made up of ordinary people who are committed to be a constant positive force in the life of an abused, neglected, or abandoned child; because they know that every individual can make a difference. This makes them heroes.

Community

Each year 500 children from Somerset, Hunterdon, and Warrren counties are thrust into the court system through no fault of their own. These children who have been victims of physical, sexual and/or psychological abuse, neglect, or abandonment. These are our children. CASA SHaW ensures these children have a voice in the court proceedings that determine their fates.

Partnerships

CASA SHaW strives to build vauable partnerships within the local community, with other organizations, and within CASA.

Education

Caring for the abused, neglected, and abandoned children in our communities may seem like an overwhelming task; but ignoring this problem affects all of us. CASA SHaW is the place to start. We are proof that every individual CAN make a difference.

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

CASA SHaW GOALS
100%
for abused and neglected children:


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

YOU CAN MAKE THE DIFFERENCE

Your financial contribution & support will get us to our goal. 
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What is CASA?

Court Apointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children is a network of community-based programs that recruit, train and support citizen-volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in courtrooms and communities.

CASA began in 1977, when a Seattle juvenile court judge, concerned about making drastic decisions with insufficient information, conceived the idea of citizen volunteers speaking up for the best interest of abused and neglected children in the courtroom.

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

Volunteer advocates - empowered directly by the courts - offer judges the critical information they need to ensure that each child's rights and needs are being attended to while in foster care.

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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." Families with a CASA volunteer receive more services, leading the OIG to conclude that, "CASA is effective in identifying the needs of children and parents." Cases where CASA is involved are more likely to be "permanently closed.:
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CASA SHaW relies on the support of donations to do our work. Join our "Give Every Child a Chance" campaign. Donations can be made directly through casashaw.org. CASA is a 501(c)3 organization and all donations are fully tax-deductible. Thank you for your support!
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