About Us


Thank you for your interest in CASA of Middlesex County! We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to standing up for the needs of children living in foster care. We advocate for kids through the hard work of volunteers who are assigned to a child or sibling group. 

Volunteers are trained extensively and are provided with guidance throughout their volunteer service. The volunteers get to know the children, investigate their circumstances, and report back to the judge about what the kids need. CASA volunteers in Middlesex County have helped children receive the therapeutic services they need to overcome their adverse circumstances and medical attention that would have otherwise been overlooked; they have recommended services for parents to complete so families can be reunified quickly and permanently. CASA volunteers have also helped children living in long-term foster care placements find permanent homes, saving the children years of instability, and the government countless dollars.

Children with a CASA volunteer spend on average 7.5 months less in foster care than their peers who don’t have a CASA. They also have improved educational performance and are less likely to return to foster care once they leave it.

In FY2016, CASA of Middlesex County served 129 children, which is only a fraction of the over 600 children in Middlesex County who are in foster care who need someone looking out for them. We are constantly growing and striving to meet the immense needs of children in our county, but it takes the support of the whole community to serve the needs of these children. Please look around our website to see how you might be able to help, and please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

CASA in 2015           

In 2015 our CASA volunteers...
  • Donated 3,013 hours to represent the best interests of abused and neglected children
  • Drove 13,555 miles to attend meetings and appointments in order to meet the needs of kids they advocate for
  • Advocated on behalf of 114 children who have experienced abuse or neglect
  • Represented in court the best interests of children from over 20 towns in Middlesex County
  • The combined value of the hours, tolls, parking, and incidental expenses donated by CASA volunteers last year was $73,952
For more information download our annual report.

Our Mission Statement

CASA of Middlesex County is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving abused and neglected children who are living in out-of-home placements. CASA recruits and trains volunteers to advise the courts and advocate for the children’s best interests. 

Our History
 
The CASA mission was first established in 1977 in Seattle, Washington, by a family court judge. Shortly after this, CASA programs began to emerge throughout the United States, and, in 1990, CASA became recognized as a national program with the passing of the Victims of Child Abuse Act. Then, in 1998, Court Rule 5:8C was adopted in New Jersey that sanctioned the appointment of a CASA volunteer to any case where the welfare of a child was an issue. With the support of CASA programs, leaders of the Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS), the court system, and community members, CASA of New Jersey was established to oversee a network of CASA programs in New Jersey in 2000. And then, finally, in 2006, CASA of Middlesex County was established to serve the children of Middlesex County.

CASA of Middlesex County serves the following cities and towns: Carteret, Cranbury, Dunellen, East Brunswick, Edison, Helmetta, Highland Park, Jamesburg, Metuchen, Middlesex, Milltown, Monroe, New Brunswick, North Brunswick, Old Bridge, Perth Amboy, Piscataway , Plainsboro , Sayreville , South Amboy, South Brunswick , South Plainfield , South River, Spotswood, and Woodbridge. 



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