Kiwanis Club donates to CASA

Karen DeChristopher, Lisa Firkser, Executive Director, CASA of Morris and Sussex Counties and Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany Foundation President Frank Cahill

PARSIPPANY — Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany Foundation presented CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) with a donation at their weekly breakfast meeting held at Empire Diner.

Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany Foundation President Frank Cahill presented Lisa Firkser, Executive Director, CASA of Morris and Sussex Counties, with a check for $3,600. Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany President Karen DeChristopher looks on.

The donation was in conjunction with a matching grant from New Jersey Kiwanis Foundation.

The purpose of the New Jersey Kiwanis Foundation, of which every Kiwanian in New Jersey is a member, is to provide financial assistance to service programs that agree with and support the objectives of Kiwanis International and the New Jersey District of Kiwanis International. This purpose is achieved by making financial grants to Kiwanis family sponsored programs and to Kiwanis service programs, the scope of which is beyond the means of individual Kiwanians, Kiwanis clubs, or local club foundations.

CASA’s mission is to speak up for the best interests of children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect. They recruit, train, and supervise community volunteers who provide a voice in court to assure each child a safe, permanent and nurturing home.

CASA is the only court-authorized advocacy program for children and youth in foster care in Morris and Sussex Counties.

CASA programs bring better tomorrows to vulnerable children.

Child Advocacy: Children who are victims of abuse, neglect and abandonment and living in foster homes or residential facilities are assigned to CASA volunteers for advocacy in the Family Court system. Our trained volunteers make recommendations to the court for critical community resources and services to improve a child’s stability and outcomes and ensure that each child is in a safe, nurturing and permanent home as soon as possible.

Family Drug Court: This important program provides treatment and services for substance-abusing parents whose children have been placed in foster care as the result of child abuse and neglect. The services provided are designed to successfully rehabilitate the parents, balance child safety and permanency and work toward family reunification or another  safe, nurturing placement for the child.

Fostering Futures: This unique program integrates coaching, connecting, and mentoring services meant to build self-confidence and empower youth to transform their lives beyond the foster care system into adulthood. Youth ages 14-21 benefit from an integrated, proactive approach prior to aging out of the system that empowers them to be their own advocates, discuss their dreams for their future and work toward realistic goal setting with concrete life skills and strategies.

With a CASA volunteer, a child is half as likely to languish in the foster care system, and that much more likely to find a safe, nurturing, permanent home.

To volunteer and make a profound difference in the life of an abused or neglected child, become a CASA volunteer by calling (973) 998-7590.

Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany supports ten K-Kids clubs, Lake Parsippany Elementary School, Eastlake Elementary School, Intervale School, Mt. Tabor Elementary School, Littleton Elementary School, Lake Hiawatha Elementary School, Troy Hills Elementary School, Northvail Elementary School, Knollwood School and Rockaway Meadow Elementary School, two builders clubs, Central Middle School and Brooklawn Middle School; two Key Clubs, Parsippany Hills High School and Parsippany High School and one Aktion Club. In addition, Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany supports a Circle K Club at Seton Hall University.

Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany raises funds and donates to the Parsippany Food Pantry, Parsippany-Troy Hills Public Library, Parsippany PAL Youth Center, Parsippany High School Scholarship Program, Parsippany Hills High School Scholarship Program, Parsippany Child Day Center, Prevent Child Abuse-New Jersey, Camp Nejeda, NJ Sharing Network, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of Parsippany, Parsippany Project Graduation, Jersey Battered Women’s Services, CASA, Family Promise of Morris County, Parsippany Little League West, Parsippany Little League East to name a few.

Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany meets every Thursday morning at 7:15 a.m. at Empire Diner, 1315 Route 46, Parsippany.

For more information on Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany, click here. To join online click here.