Court Appointed Special Advocates of Atlantic County, Inc.

aka CASA for Children of Atlantic, Cape May, and Camden Counties   |   Somers Point, NJ   |  https://casaacc.org/

Mission

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Atlantic, Cape May, and Camden Counties and its trained volunteers speak on behalf of abused and neglected children in the foster care system and are dedicated to ensuring these children are placed in safe permanent homes as quickly as possible.

Notes from the nonprofit

CASA is a model public-private partnership, which helps the state better protect abused and neglected children. CASA is also the only entity authorized by State Statute to provide one-on-one advocacy and monitoring for children removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect. We are the only non-profit that is part of the Judiciary's Best Practices Standards for Children in Court Cases. We also perform a critical state function, helping the Department of Children and Families ensure the safety, well-being, and permanency of NJ's most vulnerable citizens while assisting the Judiciary in making the best decisions possible for them. Finally, we do this all through a corps of dedicated, trained community volunteers.

Ruling year info

1995

Executive Director

Ms. Lauren Crenshaw

Main address

321 Shore Road

Somers Point, NJ 08244 USA

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EIN

22-3348198

NTEE code info

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Court advocacy for children living in foster care

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children of Atlantic, Cape May, and Camden Counties and its trained volunteers speak on behalf of abused and neglected children in the foster care system and are dedicated to ensuring these children are placed in safe permanent homes as quickly as possible.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Victims of crime and abuse
Multiracial people

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

National CASA 1994

CASA of New Jersey 1994

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    At-risk youth living in the foster care system The family courts and court staff Community agencies that provide direct service to youth in foster care Our volunteers Biological, foster, and adoptive families Community partners and donors

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    During the pandemic, it was brought to our attention that many children that we serve were in need of basic items, such as food, clothing, and computer devices. With the help of community partners, we were able to meet this need by providing these basic needs to the children we serve.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners, CASA volunteers,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    The sharing of feedback has strengthened our relationships with all parties and gives us the knowledge and insight to improve our advocacy efforts and service delivery.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Court Appointed Special Advocates of Atlantic County, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 10/04/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Terri Schieder

AtlantiCare

Term: 2022 - 2025

Ken Steinberg

Park Shore Development

Guy Hackney

Retired Banking Executive

Anne Glenning

Retired financial planner

Ted Lands

Advanced Sciences and Technologies

E. Hieb

The Doc's Place

D'Ann Glenn

Business Consultant

Calvin Longer

Capaldi Reynolds & Pelosi

Adam Busler

Fox-Rothschild LLP

Karen Callaghan Holvick

Atlantic County Family Spine and Rehab Center

Kara Cermanski

Boardwalk Hall

Susan Curcio

Susan H. Curcio Law Offices

Veronica Morey

OceanFirst Bank

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/4/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/04/2022

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Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.