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Kids in foster care among increasing casualties from opioid crisis
PIX11, MAY 17, 2019
WAYNE, N.J. - "I couldn’t breathe. My daughter is my life," sobbed Crystal Green, when she recalled the moment her daughter, Serenity, 4, was taken by the authorities.
The news threw her into an even deeper spiral of addiction.
"I was living under a bridge in Paterson. I started using full force, you know, her father and me," said Green.
A new study has linked the opioid crisis to an increase of babies and toddlers in foster care.
"The number of children in foster care has not necessarily risen but the type of case that we have in the system has changed," said Erica Fischer-Kaslander, executive director of Passaic County CASA, a non-profit that works with foster children.
CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocates, currently serves about 250 children per year in Passaic County. About half of them have parents who are addicted.
Green wound up in county jail. Visits from her daughter empowered her to change her life.
Court-appointed special advocates are in midst of fundraiser
ROI-NJ, May 13, 2019, page 38
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Wayne Magazine, Spring 2019 Issue
May is National Foster Care Month, and one Wayne woman is doing the most she can to ensure every child has a safe place to live.
Committed to Advocating for Children, Passaic County CASA Celebrates Opening of New Headquarters
TAPinto Paterson, May 7, 2019
WAYNE, NJ - Child advocates, elected officials, and others gathered Saturday to celebrate the ribbon cutting of Passaic County CASA’s new headquarters in Wayne. The significantly larger space, according to a statement, will allow the organization to train a greater number of volunteers in order to meet its ambitious goal of providing an advocate for every child in the county foster care system.