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Every year, almost 700,000 children suffer abuse or neglect in the US (according to the National Children’s Alliance) and the NJ State Federation of Women’s Clubs (NJSFWC) wants to help them through a two - year partnership (2018-2020) with CASA of NJ (Court Appointed Special Advocates).
“If you were a child who experienced abuse or neglect, you would be facing a life likely defined by physical, psychological or emotional trauma and their long-term consequences. Chances are, by the time you turn 21, you will have spent two years or more in a constant state of toxic stress while you waited to go home, be adopted or simply see what happens next. You will have moved three times, had several caseworkers and caregivers, and attended nine different schools. You are 900 percent more likely to be involved in criminal activities. And if you never find a permanent home and age out of the child welfare system altogether, you have a 20 percent chance of being homeless before age 19.” (Source)
Grim scenarios and statistics such as these moved the NJ State Federation of Women's Clubs to create a special statewide project to support CASA of NJ, in which all 193 NJ’s Woman’s Clubs will organize events and initiatives to help ease the traumatic transitions faced by innocent victims of child abuse and neglect. In all 21 counties, CASA of NJ is approved by state statute to advocate for abused and neglected children in Family Court thereby giving them “a voice to ensure their safety and well-being, and ultimately, their placement in nurturing, permanent homes with loving families.” Last year approximately 1,900 specially trained NJ CASA volunteer advocates worked with 3,866 children in foster care.
The challenge is that CASA’s budget only covers 50% of their expenses. The other half needs to come from donations and initiatives such as those being organized by NJ’s Women’s Clubs. The Franklin Woman's Club is in the process of organizing donation opportunities. Please return to this website's home page for updates in the coming weeks.
At the club's October 2018 meeting, the Franklin Woman's Club's first collection was made, that generated $107.00. Additional cash donations have been made bringing the donation total since this project was initiated, to: $353 (as of January 22, 2019).
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