CASA of CGS is dedicated to creating brighter futures for youth in the foster care system by training volunteer advocates to speak up on behalf of their best interests in court.
Court Appointed Special Advocates of Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem Counties, Inc. (Vicinage XV) opened its doors to Cumberland County on July 1, 2004, and has since expanded to include Gloucester and Salem Counties. We are currently serving over 450 children.
There are over 950 CASA programs in operation nationally, with more than 70,000 women and men serving as CASA volunteers. In New Jersey, there are over 900 CASA volunteers! CASA of CGS is affiliated with National CASA/GAL and CASA NJ.
CHILDREN WITH CASA VOLUNTEERS:
Statistics taken from the National CASA Association website
Are half as likely to re-enter foster care
Are more likely to be adopted
Have more services ordered for them
Do better in school
CASA of Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem Counties has 160 active volunteers who come from all walks of life. They span all age ranges. Some are just beginning in the workforce, and others are retired.
Over half our volunteers work full-time and have families. Some have backgrounds in the criminal justice system, social work, or child welfare. Other volunteers have no such experience at all.