I am for the Child

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Court Appointed Special Advocates for the Children of Essex County


Casa's Mission:

To promote the welfare of children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse, neglect, or abandonment by providing a safety net of support, advocacy and mentor-ship. Casa trains and supervises volunteers to speak up for the best interest of these children in court, to ensure that each child has the opportunity to thrive by receiving needed services and assistance while helping to move the child towards a safe and permanent home.

Ruby Red Shoe Bash

It takes more than three clicks of sparkly red shoes to give a child a safe and permanent home. It takes CASA and YOU! Join us for a night of dinner and dancing. And help make "home" more than just a dream for hundreds of children in foster care.
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Event Overview:

  • On December 12th, 2016 you can help make "home" more than just a dream! By stepping out in your Ruby Red slippers and joining us for dinner, dancing and a silent auction at the Green Brook Country Club in North Caldwell New Jersey, you can help hundreds of foster children in Essex County.

Sponsorship Levels-

Over the Rainbow: $2,000

Ruby Red Slippers: $2,500

Yellow Brick Road: $5,000

Emerald City: $7,500

Spin for a Child

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Event Overview:

Join us for an exhilarating and inspiring one-day indoor outing event of cycling and rowing on March 5th, 2017 at 360 Cycling and Fitness Studio in Montclair, New Jersey. Power through a fun and challenging work-out with the knowledge that your participation is spreading awareness and raising funds fro children in Essex County who have been removed from their homes because of abuse and neglect.


Class One: Spinning at 11:00 AM- 11:45 AM

Class Two: Rowing at 11:30 AM- 12:15 PM

Class Three: Spinning at 12:15:PM - 1:00 PM

Sponsorship Levels-

Hospitality Sponsor: $500

Website Sponsor: $1,000

Class Sponsor : $2,500

Event Sponsor: $5,000

Every donation received between 7:00 am Friday, March 4th and 11:00 am Sunday, March 6th will be matched by 50% courtesy of Advocate & Trustee Ed Schwarz of Montrose Realty


CASA for Children of Essex County's Golf Outing

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Event Overview:

A Golf-Scramble on an 18-hole, 6,500-yard Robert White-designed Par 71 Championship Course on June 5th,2017 at the Green Brook Country Club in North Caldwell, New Jersey.


9:30-11:00 AM: Check-In, Registration & Buffet Brunch

9:45 AM-11:15 AM: Hit the Practice Range

11:00 AM: Ladies Yoga Class and Luncheon

11:15 AM: Proceed to your Assigned Cart

11:30 AM: Tee Off- Shotgun Start/Scramble - Best Ball Format

4:30- 5:30 PM: Cocktails & Silent Auction

5:30- 7:00 PM: Gourmet Dinner Prepared by the Club's Renowned Chef


Sponsorships include acknowledgement of your support via signage at the outing , on he CASA website and via social media mentions. Sponsorship levels starting at $2,000 include up to 4 golfers.

Sponsorship Levels:

Hole Sponsor: $500

Bronze Sponsor: $1,000

Silver Sponsor: $1,500

Gold Sponsor: $3,000

Platinum Sponsor: $5,000

Premiere Event Sponsor: $8,000

Can't participate? Consider making a tax-deductible donation to CASA instead!

CASA Programs

Advocate Training - $15,000

  • Sponsor an advocate training class! Volunteers are trained on how to help improve the lives of abused and neglected children as a CASA - Court Appointed Advocate, for Essex County youth in foster care.

Special Initiatives - $20,000

  • Family Search and Connect: Support finding kinship connections by identifying and locating family members who may have been overlooked or lost during a child's tenure in foster care.
  • Fostering Futures: CASA Advocates/Members support emancipating youth (ages 14-21) to develop essential skills and improve outcomes for the transition to adulthood.
  • Education: Supports enriching the educational achievement of all CASA case children by encouraging , improving and coordinating the combined effort of the school, resource parent and child.
  • Infant and Toddler Program: Supports the enhanced quality of specific advocacy services for children (ages 0-5) through appropriate developmental screenings, quality visitation with parents and connections to community services once reunification is imminent.

Foster Youth Case Load - $45,000

  • CASA's Case Supervisors work with advocates in representing their case child(ren)'s best interest in Family Court. They ensure that the necessary and appropriate services are provided through the entirety of the child's time in care and help move the child as quickly as possible to a safe and permanent home.

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As a nonprofit organization we train and supervise volunteers from our community to speak up for the best interests of children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect. CASA volunteers investigate the background of a foster care case and make recommendations to a Judge that will help move the child to a safe and permanent home as quickly as possible. At Essex CASA, everyday people help change the lives of our most vulnerable citizens.

Board of Trustees:

Mitchell Decter, Co-President

Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edleman & Dicker LLP
Tracy Reilly, Co-President
Jill Hirsch, Vice President
Rosin Steinhagen Mendel
Meredith Prithviraj, Secretary
Lowenstein Sandler LLP
Andres Reyes, Treasurer
Community Volunteer
Gary Beyer, Trustee
Deutsche Bank
Elyse Kremins, Trustee
Community Volunteer
Debra Caplan, Trustee
Community Volunteer
Debra Neier, Trustee
NJ State Policemen's Benevolent Association, Inc.
Ann Pollack, Trustee
Nationwide Floor & Window Coverings
Eric Pratt, Trustee
Deutsche Bank
Jill Rosenthal, Trustee
Community Volunteer
Edward Schwarz, Trustee
Montrose Realty
Michael Slater, Trustee
Community Volunteer

Ami Talkow, Trustee

Keller Williams Suburban Realty

Valerie Wilde, Trustee

Federal Reserve Bank of New York

212 Washington Street

Room 912

Newark, NJ 07102

For More Information:

Constance Graham

Development Manager

Phone: (973)-622-4832

Fax: (973)-693-6791