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West Milford Messenger, Sept. 24, 2019

On Friday, Sept. 20, Passaic County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) held its annual Voices for Children Gala at the Preakness Hills Country Club in Wayne.

The event honored Paterson resident Karen Walker and former resident, the late Charles Walker, for their extraordinary commitment to sheltering and advocating on behalf of children in the foster care system.

The Walkers served as foster parents for 26 children and adopted four.

Additionally, Charles was a Passaic County CASA volunteer for five years, and during this time, he served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for nine children in foster care.


Passaic County CASA Campaign Yields $100K In Donations

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Wayne Patch, Aug. 4, 2019

WAYNE, N.J. - A large donation to Passaic County Court Appointed Special Advocates doubled the amount the organization has received during a recent fundraiser, making it possible for the non-profit to serve even more children in foster care.

The Pamela and Craig Goldman Charitable Foundation recently gave $100,000 to CASA to match funds received during the "An Advocate For Every Child" campaign, according to a press release from CASA.

The donation was provided to match the funds received during the fundraiser, dollar for dollar, and it will help recruit, train and supervise volunteers to work with foster kids.



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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6 things you should know about Erica fischer-kaslander

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.