CASA of Middlesex County recruits, screens, trains, and supervises volunteers who aid the court in identifying how best to serve neglected and abused children in our area. CASA volunteers act as fact-finders for the court and investigate all aspects of a child's life in order to make sure a he or she is receiving all necessary resources. CASA advocates work closely with judges, attorneys, parents, and other CASA members to build cases that positively impact the lives of children.
CASA of Middlesex County is a non-profit organization committed to advocating for the best interests of at risk children in out-of-home placement who are the victims of abuse and neglect. The CASA volunteer serves as the child?s voice in court and is committed to moving the child toward a safe and permanent home. The CASA program 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. As CASA programs emerged throughout the United States so did CASA programs in New Jersey, and, 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) and the court system, and community members, CASA of New Jersey was established in 2000 to oversee a network of CASA programs in New Jersey. In 2006, CASA of Middlesex County was established to serve the children of Middlesex County, New Jersey. The Trustees of CASA of Middlesex County found it prudent to merge with CASA of New Jersey on January 10, 2011. The benefits from this merger have included a streamlined back office, more rigorous quality assurance, direct executive oversight, and reduced overhead costs. The merger has afforded CASA of Middlesex County to serve more children for fewer dollars. As an affiliate of CASA of New Jersey and as a member of the National CASA Association, CASA of Middlesex County is embedded within 34-years of CASA advocacy history.