CASA of CGS welcomes new advocates!

We are honored to add five new volunteers from our summer training class to the CASA of CGS family. Our newly appointed advocates will be a great asset to not only CASA of CGS, but to the children of our community as well.

New advocates appointed by Judges Harold U. Johnson Jr., J.S.C., and Mary K. White, J.S.C., are: Joshua Brent, Amy Hoffman, Joshua Hoffman, Christian Miguel, and Michele Musick.

Pictured from left to right are the Summer 2013 Class of Court Appointed Special Advocates for Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem counties: Amy Hoffman, Josh Hoffman, Judge Harold U. Johnson, Jr., J.S.C., Christian Miguel, and Michele Musick.
Pictured from left to right are the Summer 2013 Class of Court Appointed Special Advocates for Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem counties: Amy Hoffman, Josh Hoffman, Judge Harold U. Johnson, Jr., J.S.C., Christian Miguel, and Michele Musick.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) are appointed by the Presiding Judges, Cumberland County Family Part, to ensure that the best interests of the child are met. In order to do this, the CASA must investigate the facts of the case, recommend a course of action to the court or Child Placement Review Board, facilitate the resolution of the presenting problems, and monitor the progress toward the established goals.

CASA volunteers work one-on-one with an abused or neglected child, advocating for his or her best interests. Essentially, CASA volunteers “speak up” for these children in the court and child welfare systems, making sure they are safe and well-cared for, are getting the services they need, and are placed in a permanent, safe, nurturing home as quickly as possible.

These children may also have health, learning, emotional or psychological challenges, and need special services that the court is made aware of via the CASA volunteer’s updates.

CASA volunteers do not require any specific educational or professional background. All they need is compassion, objectivity and a commitment to children.

CASA of CGS provides the necessary training and supervision for advocates to be effective voices in court.

We are thankful for the newly added advocates and grateful for their time and dedication to support our cause. Without these advocates, CASA

Joshua Brent is pictured with Judge Mary K. White, J.S.C., after being sworn-in as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem counties.
Joshua Brent is pictured with Judge Mary K. White, J.S.C., after being sworn-in as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem counties.

of CGS wouldn’t be able to serve the children in our counties. Thank you!

The fall training class will begin in September and CASA of CGS is looking for more volunteers to train on how to be a voice for the abused and neglected children in Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem counties.

 

Become part of the CASA of CGS family!

 

 If you’re interested in learning more about CASA of CGS, email susanna.casaofcgs@gmail.com. Cumberland County ranked last place in Child Welfare in New Jersey. Let’s stand up for our children and do something about it! Visit www.wespeakupforchildren.org for more information and follow us on Facebook for daily updates and information.

 

 Do you know of a Community Superhero?

 

Help CASA of CGS recognize the effort put forth by them to improve our community! Email Jennifer Kaysen at Jennkaysen@gmail.com. Be sure to share this post with your family and friends on Facebook and Twitter to reach a bit further and find our Superheroes!

Thoughts, comments, questions? Email me, JennKaysen@gmail.com

 

 

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