MEET REGGIE RIVERS: HOST OF A NIGHT IN WITH CASA

February 20, 2021
Passaic County CASA blog

Calling all Denver Broncos fans! For Passaic County CASA's first ever virtual fundraiser, we searched high and low, near and far, for a host who would make the virtual experience "come to life" for our participants at home. We found just the man for the job in Reggie Rivers, a former NFL running back for the Denver Broncos. After six seasons in the NFL, Reggie decided to pair his gregarious personality with his passion for supporting non-profit organizations and form his own business and training academy focused on galas and non-profit events. He's been helping non-profits ever since, and thinks there's no better job in the world.

 

Every day at the Willowbrook Mall is an adventure for Senior General Manager Nancy Barbary, but especially during a pandemic. Nancy  has been in the shopping center industry for over 40 years.  She’s enjoyed every experience and feels very fortunate to have worked in an industry for 40 years and still say that she loves to come to work every day. “It’s a unique industry. Every day is different and a new challenge.” Nonetheless, Nancy knew the time was right to take the next step in supporting children in foster care by joining Passaic County CASA’s Board of Trustees.

 

EVEN IN QUARANTINE, WE CAN ALL TAKE STEPS TO PREVENT CHILD ABUSE

Feeling anxious? Helpless? Does it feel like life has been turned upside down? Cut off from friends and family? For most of us in the NY metropolitan area, this has become our daily reality. It also means we’ve been given a small taste of what life is like for children who are removed from home after experiencing abuse or neglect

 

AMPLIFYING THEIR VOICES: VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT ON AILEEN MARTINEZ CARPER

December 19, 2019
Passaic County CASA blog

If you attended September’s Voices for Children Gala, you may have noticed a woman in a plum gown juggling a myriad tasks, making sure the evening unfolded exactly as planned. From resolving tech issues to coordinating staff, she spent the evening ensuring everyone and everything was in sync.

 

September 6, 2019
Passaic County CASA blog

Karen and Charles Walker hadn’t even been on their first official date when the topic of foster care came up. Even as young adults, both knew that one day, they would become foster parents and/or adopt.
“There were enough children on this earth who needed a home,” Ms. Walker, a Paterson resident, recently said.
What Karen and Charles didn’t know then was that it would become their collective mission to help children in foster care.
Throughout their nearly 49-year marriage, Karen and Charles adopted four children and were foster parents to 26 children, while Charles acted as a Court-Appointed Special Advocate for nine additional children.

 

In 1982, child abuse prevention received national recognition with the designation of the first ever National Child Abuse Prevention Week. In 1983, the movement grew, with the entire month of April designated as National Child Abuse Prevention Month. These proclamations were made to shine a spotlight on a difficult topic.
For many people, the mere thought of child abuse provokes immediate retreat. No one likes to think about children being mistreated or neglected, especially by the very people charged with loving and caring for them. Yet, odds are, we all know a child who is currently being abused or an adult who was once abused.

 

HELP US CHANGE THE LUCK OF CHILDREN IN FOSTER CARE

March is a month when the topic of luck frequently comes up. Whether it is hanging up shamrock décor or wishing someone “Luck of the Irish,” this is a month when people from all backgrounds do what they can to ensure the months ahead come with a bit of success.
For children in foster care, "luck" becomes a much more serious matter. Luck can have a big role in dictating a child's experience while in foster care and throughout adulthood. Through no fault of their own, entering foster care changes a child's life. Statistically we know that 30% of boys will end up incarcerated before the age of 21 and 77% of girls who reach adulthood without finding a permanent home will become pregnant before the age of 24.

 
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