I’ve always been drawn to stories focused on giving a voice to the voiceless. In the case of CASA Passaic County, their mission does that and more. CASA is a small community-based organization in Wayne, NJ, just 18 miles outside of New York City. Though the staff is small, they along with their amazing volunteers have giant hearts. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate and it’s part of a network of CASA chapters across the country which represent children in foster care in the court system. In many cases, the advocates are the only consistent voice in the child’s life. When a child lands in the foster care system these advocates make sure to represent the child’s best interest in court so that they can live a healthy, safe life and have access to education. The children face so many challenges – and CASA volunteers give them a chance to beat the odds.
I sat down with Passaic County CASA Executive Director Erica Fischer-Kaslander to talk about giving children in foster care a voice.
How CASA works
The importance of consistency for kids in foster care
A terrific foster care success story