Volunteer Opportunities




Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)


148 Main Street, Building D1, Lebanon NJ 08833


Contact Person: Tracey Heisler

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • CASA volunteer advocates are appointed by family court judges to ensure that the best interests of children who have been abused or neglected and are in DYFS care are met. In order to do this, the CASA volunteer advocate must investigate the facts of the case, recommend a course of action to the court, facilitate the resolution of the presenting problems, and monitor the progress toward the established goals. CASA SHAW serves children in Somerset, Hunterdon, and Warren Counties in central New Jersey.
  • Serve on the Board of Trustees.
  • Volunteer to help on Fund Raisers and community outreach to spread the news of CASA’s good work and ways to help children in “out-of-home” placements.
  • Family search and connect–help us to locate children’s relatives and encourage those relatives to visit with and support the child while the child is not living at his/her home.

Catholic Charities


540 Route 22 East Bridgewater, NJ 08807


Contact Person: Luann Dias, Executive Director


Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Catholic Charities Connections Program is actively recruiting volunteers to work as mentors with children ages 5-17. Mentors offer support, guidance, and education as a youth goes through a difficult time, faces new challenges or opportunities, or takes on an important task. A mentor is a person who is willing to share their life-long expertise to provide support to the youth. Mentors can play an important role as the youth develops mentally and emotionally to help a youth understand their goals and personal needs. Mentors must be a minimum of 18 years of age. Prospective mentors will undergo an intensive screening process consisting of: application and informal autobiography.

Family and Community Services of Somerset County


339 West 2nd Street Bound Brook, NJ 08805


Family Support Organization


315 W Washington Ave., Wasahington, NJ 07882


Jewish Family Services


150 W. High Street #A Somerville, NJ 08876

Contact Person: Jerry Starr

Phone Number: 908-208-7444

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Adult volunteers of all backgrounds, male and female, are sought for matching with Somerset County families with preschool and elementary age children. The volunteer provides support by offering parenting strategies and a good listening ear. The mentor and family meet in the family’s home to build on the family’s strengths, foster positive changes, and learn new ways to interact and have fun as a family. 9 hours training (3 hours for 3 weeks) in the evenings. Ongoing supervision provided by JFS licensed social work staff. Volunteer may indicate geographic preferences.
  • Adult Volunteers to work with and mentor parents whose children have been returned to them by the Division of Youth and Family Services

Middle Earth


520 North Bridge Street (Near Richard Hall Community MHC) Bridgewater, NJ 08807


Contact Person: Maria Strada

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Volunteers to help supervise the youth that attend the Somerville or Bound Brook Community Youth Center program and help those young people who are in need of extra attention with homework, employment readiness skills, etc.
  • Work with staff to consider ways that the young people may give back to the community by doing community service and be involved hands-on in helping to make it happen.
  • Expose our kids to more creative arts and expressions by doing workshops with our youth
  • Board of Trustees membership
  • Volunteers to help with fund raising activities and special events

Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey

103 Church Street, Suite 210 New Brunswick, NJ 08512
Contact Person: Kelly Steve
(732) 246-8060


Somerset Community Action Program

900 Hamilton St., Somerset, NJ 08873
Contact Mark Harris, Executive Director

Somerset Treatment Services


118 West End Avenue Somerville, NJ 08876

908-722-1232 ext 3011

Contact Person: Barbara Schlichting




Safe + Sound Somerset (Formally Resource Center of Somerset)


427 Homestead Road Hillsborough, NJ 08844


Contact Person: Veronica Finlay


Volunteer Opportunities:

Volunteers are needed to supervise, and play with, children while their mothers are in counseling. There is also a periodic need for administrative volunteers. Positions requiring a 40-hour training include: legal advocates, hotline counselors, members of the Domestic Violence Response Team, and shelter support volunteers.   

United Way


55 North Gaston Avenue, Somerville, NJ 08876


Contact Person: Lisa Galonardo


Zufall Health (formerly Women’s Health & Counseling Center)


71 4th Street, Somerville NJ 08876


Volunteer Opportunities:

Volunteer Advocates for Sexual Assault Victims

  • Support Services program.  This program does works with adolescents and adults, no children 12 and younger.  To become an advocate, a volunteer needs to complete a 40 hours training course.  Their role is to answer hotline calls and be available to go to the hospital if a victim arrives and agrees to receive an advocate.

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Child Abuse Statistics

Children who experience abuse and neglect are 11 times more likely to be arrested as a juvenile, 2.7 times more likely to be arrested as an adult, and 3.1 times more likely to commit a violent crime. (1)

About 30% of abused and neglected children will later abuse their own children, continuing the horrible cycle of abuse. (1)

Five children die every day as a result of child abuse in America. (2)

A report of child abuse is made every ten seconds. (3)

4,154 New Jersey children were in out-of-home placements and not in their own homes in October 2020 (4)


(1) https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/systemwide/statistics/can/can-stats/

(2) http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d11599.pdf (at page 1)

(3) http://www.childhelp.org

(4) https://www.nj.gov/dcf/childdata/continuous/Commissioners.Monthly.Report_10.20.pdf

US Government Statistics on Child Abuse & Neglect
Using information collected through various monitoring and reporting systems, the Children's Bureau analyzes and reports data on a variety of topics, including adoption, foster care, child abuse, and neglect.

New Jersey Child Abuse & Neglect Statistics
Here you will find helpful information about the types of children involved with the Division of Child Protection and Permanency, DCP&P (formerly the Division of Youth and Family Services), including kids who are served in the homes of their birth parents and those who had to be removed into an out-of-home placement. You will also find up-to-date information about efforts to recruit new foster and adoptive families.
http://www.state.nj.us/dcf/ (look at “Data” tab)