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CASA For Children Of Atlantic And Cape May Counties
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CASA For Children Of Atlantic And Cape May Counties
321 Shore Road
Somers Point, NJ 08244
Atlantic County
Phone: 609-601-7800
Fax: 609-601-7900
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Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children of Atlantic and Cape May Counties and its trained volunteers speak on behalf of abused and neglected children in the foster care system and are dedicated to ensuring these children are placed in safe permanent homes as quickly as possible.

CASA was founded in 1995 by a woman grieving the death of a foster child who once resided in her home. Having seen first hand the shortcomings of the system, she was compelled to do something to save other children from similar fates. CASA became an independent 501(c)3 organization and expanded the program to include Cape May County in 2001. As a member of the National CASA Association, CASA is authorized under the New Jersey State Statute and Court Rule to represent the needs and best interests of children in the foster care system (this authorization does not include funding), and to act as a "friend to the court. It is regarded as Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) Best Practice to have a CASA program operating within the Vicinage.

Currently, over 700 children in Atlantic and Cape May County Child Welfare Systems are eligible for our services. The children range in age from birth to 19 and come from many ethnic backgrounds including 48% Caucasian, 25% African American, 14% Hispanic/Latino and 5% multi-racial (8% unreported).

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