Posted on February 4, 2021
To support a new part-time Advocate Supervisor position to help CASA meet the need to serve an increased number of children in foster care in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the New York City Family Courts had to shut their doors for a time, only cases deemed to be emergencies were being heard remotely by the City-wide emergency court. The vast majority of hearings for children in foster care were adjourned for at least several months. This has left already vulnerable children and families, and youth transitioning out of foster care, with little support or oversight. It is expected that when the Family Courts fully re-open, there will be a tremendous backlog of cases and an increased need for CASA’s volunteer Advocates. The new Advocate Supervisor will be an experienced child welfare professional responsible for supervising a team of approximately 15 trained volunteers advocating to ensure that children in foster care have their needs met and their rights protected.