Hudson County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
442 Hoboken Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07306
Hudson County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is an independent, non-profit organization committed to advocating for the best interests of abused and neglected children. CASA works through trained community volunteers to ensure that needed services and assistance are made available to children while helping to move them toward safe and permanent homes
Hudson County CASA is a Court Appointed Special Advocate program that recruits, trains, and supervises volunteers to advocate for children that are in foster placement and were removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. Our Volunteers receive thirty hours of intensive training on advocacy, child welfare, the judicial system, basic psychology and cultural diversity. Once they have completed the training, each Volunteer is sworn in by a Family Court Judge. The Volunteer works on one case at a time, either one child or a group of siblings. They serve as fact-finders on the case and meet with the child and people involved in the child’s life (caregivers, therapists, school staff, doctors, state workers, etc). The CASA Volunteer then reports his/her findings to the Judge in an official hearing. Essentially, the CASA Volunteer is the child’s voice in court and is working towards finding a safe and permanent home for that child as quickly as possible.
We hold an information session one evening a month for anyone who is interested. Check our website, www.hudsoncountycasa.org, for the specific date and details. Once they have attended the information session, they are then required to do an interview, where we’ll determine their acceptance into our next training session. Volunteer applications are given out at the information session and returned to the CASA staff at the interview. Training consists of 8 classes, held on Monday and Thursday evenings from 6-9pm and we usually hold 3 training sessions each year. As part of training, volunteers are required to complete a 3-hour court observation in Family Court. A year commitment is required from our volunteers once they’ve been assigned to start advocating for a child and the average amount of time volunteers spend on their case is about 5-10 hours each month.