Aging Out Youth Seminar

CASA for Children of Mercer and Burlington Counties held its annual Aging Out Youth Seminar in November 2018. The event was chaired by Simone Jarvis, an advocate supervisor from our Burlington office. The seminar focuses on the 14-21 year old population of youth in the child welfare system. For our 2018 event, CASA collaborated with the Division of Child Protection and Permanency, Mercer County Children in Court, Burlington County Children in Court and Rutgers University Child Advocacy Clinic to offer a program that familiarizes youth with resources and services to establish them on a path toward a healthy and productive life.

We were able to offer some exciting new services and events this year by partnering with the Burlington County Emergency Services Center, New Jersey Credit Union League, Willingboro ABCO Federal Credit Union, Carlucci’s Waterfront Restaurant and Mount Laurel Wegmans.

The 2018 conference covered such topics as forming healthy relationships, navigating legal documents, post-secondary planning, and employment skills. This fiscal year there was Reality Fair to help with budgeting before stepping into the “real world” and a panel of experts to answer our youth’s questions about education and employment. There was also a provider fair with seventeen vendors to assist our youth on a variety of topics.

We would like to extend our most sincere thank you to all who helped make this year’s event a great success! Please click on the logos below to learn more about our partners. We look forward to working with everyone in November 2019!




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CASA for Children of Mercer and Burlington Counties Explores Training on the Nurtured Heart Approach to Improve the Well-Being of Children in Foster Care

CASA for Children of Mercer and Burlington Counties is making plans to introduce new training courses available to its 248 trained adult volunteers by sponsoring Laura Fitzgerald, Ph.D., Director of Training and Evaluation to complete The Nurtured Heart Approach (NHA). More than a parenting or educator behavior management strategy, NHA consists of a set of strategies that assists children in further developing their self-regulation and has been effective with children of all ages, especially those with behavioral challenges. It focuses on transforming the way children perceive themselves, their caregivers and the world around them. The method increases the child’s self-esteem, methodically, consistently and effectively, and is seen as an important resource for children coping with a range of addiction, abuse and abandonment issues.

The NHA training is part of a large multi-year $12 million Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMH) grant program awarded to the New Jersey Department of Children and Family Services (DCF) that is transforming the practice of over 4,500 out-of-home treatment staff, 700 care management staff and at least 9,000 parents and caregivers. Howard Glasser is the creator of the Nurtured Heart Approach, as well as the Founder and Board Chairman of the Children’s Success Foundation. Training is underway across the 21 counties in New Jersey and CASA for Children in Mercer and Burlington Counties is exploring how best to incorporate the NHA strategies to increase the well-being of the 400+ children we serve in our counties.

To view videos about the successful implementation of the Nurtured Heart Approach please visit: