|Child abuse and neglect is a serious problem affecting every segment of our community, and finding solutions requires input and action from everyone.
While this is vital in any year, it is even more important in these challenging times when a family’s way of life is upended because of the COVID pandemic. Child abuse can have long‐term psychological, emotional and physical effects that have lasting consequences for its victims.
It is essential that communities increase access to programs and activities that create strong and thriving children and families. Effective child abuse prevention activities succeed because of the partnerships created between child welfare professionals, education, health, community‐ and faith‐based organizations, businesses, law enforcement agencies and families.
April has been declared as National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The volunteers and staff at CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for Children of Mercer and Burlington counties strive to ensure the emotional, physical and educational well-being of these children while they reside in foster homes or residential facilities.
The ultimate goal of our volunteers is to help establish a safe, stable and permanent home for each child we serve.