Children living in foster care have suffered trauma, abuse and neglect. They are often confused and fearful of their uncertain future. The well-intentioned systems designed to serve these vulnerable children can sometimes overlook the needs of an individual child. That’s where CASA volunteers come in.
These dedicated individuals work on the front lines with the courts, schools, healthcare providers and social services to ensure each child gets the needed help while in foster care and finds a safe, permanent home as soon as possible.
Research shows that children with a CASA volunteer spend less time in foster care. They do better in school and they are less likely to return to foster care once they leave it.
Sadly, in 2016, just 21 percent of the more than 600 Middlesex County children in foster care had a CASA in their corner. That means roughly 500 of these vulnerable children had no one adult looking out solely for their best interests.
Children without a CASA are more likely to experience negative outcomes, including spending more time in foster care, struggling at school and returning to foster care because of repeat abuse.
CASA of Middlesex County is a non-profit organization that relies on the generosity of its supporters. Toast 2017, set for May 7 at 11 a.m. at Steakhouse 85 in New Brunswick, is our major fundraiser, with proceeds used to recruit, train and support volunteers to serve more children in foster care.
Please join us for a scrumptious brunch, champagne toasts and a fun afternoon with friends, while helping more Middlesex County children in foster care.