We read with interest the February 3 issue of U.S. 1 featuring the topic of “Women in Business.” The story by Diccon Hyatt on Leontyne Anglin was particularly interesting, given her experience with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).

While the article compellingly describes the difficult issues faced by children in the foster care system, we must clarify the first description of CASA. The organization does not, as the U.S. 1 article describes, provide “legal representation” to foster children. CASA volunteers come from all walks of life, representing the best interests of abused and neglected children who are in danger of falling through the cracks in the foster system. This is not legal representation, but our volunteers do work within the Family Court System and report directly to the judges in the cases.

Instead, their objective is to compile unbiased and fact-based reports on each child’s situation, along with recommendations based on the individual cases and what they believe would be best for the child going forward. The mission of CASA is train and supervise these community volunteers, who are appointed by the Family Court, to advocate for these brave children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and/or neglect. Our volunteers strive to ensure the emotional, physical, and educational well-being of these children while they reside in foster homes or residential facilities. The ultimate goal of our volunteers is to help establish a safe, stable, and permanent home for each child we serve.

Our organization, one of more than 950 CASA organizations nationwide, is CASA for Children of Mercer and Burlington Counties. This past year, in Mercer and Burlington counties, 211 volunteers advocated for 323 children. And yes, we have a continual need for new, dedicated volunteer advocates. Please visit www.casamercer.org to learn more about our organization and check on the schedule of one-hour information sessions at either our Ewing or Mount Holly offices.

Randall Kirkpatrick

Director of Community Development, CASA

Editor’s note: Several other clarifications can be made to the February 3 article on Leontyne Anglin: She grew up on Long Island, which the article correctly stated, but later incorrectly gave her childhood home as Manhattan. Her mother was a teacher at an affluent school in Manhasset, not Queens. Lastly, Anglin wished to clarify that her co-workers at CASA were sympathetic during her time grieving for her mother, though the larger business world pressured her to get back to work immediately.

Several readers wondered how their stories could have been included in the section that followed the piece on Anglin. As that section indicated, it was a “U.S. 1 Advertising Feature,” and the articles were determined by our ad sales department. For more information on either advertising or editorial coverage, call 609-452-7000.

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