Court Appointed Special Advocate -CASA- Prince Georges County, Inc.

Rating: 4.82 stars   28 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Crime & Law

Location: 6811 Kenilworth Avenue Suite 402 Riverdale MD 20737 USA

Mission: Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)/ Prince George's County, Inc. is a volunteer-based organization that partners with the juvenile court to improve the lives of children living in foster care who have suffered from abuse and neglect. With a strong commitment to diversity, CASA/ Prince George's County trains and supervises volunteers from the community who advocate for the best interest of children, recognizing and respecting each child's individual needs. By providing a voice to children in the foster care system, it is our goal to help children and promote the timely placement of those we serve in safe, permanent homes.
Results: In the past three years, 278 children received direct, one-on-one support in relationships from caring CASA volunteers. Each of these children had a volunteer who focused on permanence and stability. In the past three years, 140 children we served achieved permanence. Of the children who achieved permanence, there were no reports of new abuse or neglect. Of the recommendations CASA volunteers make during court hearings, 81% are ordered by the court which means more services for children served by CASA. CASA was invited to participate in the Prince George's County Model Court Steering Committee and has helped to prioritize the permanency needs of the county's children and improving outcomes for older foster youth preparing to transition to independence. In 2011, created one of the first Transitioning Youth Programs amongst CASA programs to dedicate resources to preparing youth for successful transitions to adulthood. CASA has expanded services despite one of the worst economic climates. CASA has diversified our volunteer force to nearly mirror the ethnicities of the children and youth we serve.
Target demographics: Children 0-21 years old who have been adjudicated Children in Need of Assistance (CINA) by the Juvenile Court due to the severity of abuse and neglect they have endured. All children we serve are deemed low-income by the Federal government due to their foster care status.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 180
Geographic areas served: Prince George's County, Maryland
Programs: Child Advocacy; Transitional Youth Programming (for youth preparing to transition out of foster care to independence); Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) Task Force; Professional Child Welfare Training

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Rating: 5 stars  

PG CASA is awesome people doing awesome work! Foster children need all the support they can get- and CASA workers are there helping in so many ways!

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Thank you so much for your positive words!

Rating: 5 stars  

It is truly an honor to be associated with this organization and the people who work here. The dedication and passion for the mission cannot be matched.

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want to see it grow to serve even more children and youth.

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization truly cares about the children they serve.

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I would help them grow so they could serve more children.

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Court Appointed Special Advocate is commited to the well being of children and youth in foster care. This program holds itself to a high level of achievement and does not rest until it meets those goals. The results are seen in the lives of the children they serve every day.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

CASA is an amazing organization that deserves better visibility in the community. CASA/Prince George's County does an outstanding job of training and supporting community volunteers on the multitude of needs of abused and neglected children in foster care. CASA/Prince George's County also plays an instrumental role in the community advocating on the behalf of all children and families.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter was adopted through the foster care system. She is grown, and I am not ready to raise another child, but I do want to continue to be involved with a child in the foster care system. CASA allows me to do that. I have worked with two teenagers, both very different from one another, in my time with CASA. I hope I can make some difference in their lives. They definitely make a difference in mine.

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Thank you so much for sharing your experience and thank you for being a CASA!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a CASA because of the difference I saw my daughter's CASA made in her life. My daughter was adopted through the foster care system.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 1 stars  

As a volunteer, I do not believe that this organization supports my effort to properly perform my duties as a volunteer. I am not sure if it is the personality of my assigned supervisor or the organization itself. As a volunteer, I committed myself to perform my assigned duties. My supervisor never assisted me with the success of my case and I had to let my case go. I am still interested in pursuing my duties as a volunteer, but I never heard back from the supervisor or the director to speak to me about my concerns.

CASA is a great organization, but the folks who are getting paid to work in the positions need to better screened.

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We are so sorry to hear that you had a negative experience. We have a clearly delineated grievance procedure that invites volunteers to express concerns to their supervisor and, if not satisfied with the result, raise the concern to the Executive Director. I would invite you to reach out to the Executive Director to discuss this matter. We understand the level of commitment we ask of our volunteers and do not want anyone to leave the organization feeling dissatisfied with their experience.

Rating: 5 stars  

When I relocated to the East Coast it was my mission to find an organization that care for children in the Foster Care system. CASA was on one of FOX 5 mentoring Monday segment. I heard the vision and mission statement of this organization and signed up immediately, I been a CASA volunteer for 3 years. I recommend CASA to anyone looking to make a difference in a youth or young adult life in your community.

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Thank you Adrainne! We appreciate your commitment and all that you contribute to CASA.

Rating: 5 stars  

Having worked with a variety of organizations, it's a really refreshing experience to see the commitment of the CASA staff. They are exceptional in training volunteers, holding high expectations, and of course delivering quality services to their constituents. I have learned so much from participating and feel like my time and effort has been maximally directed to helping children in care.

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We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed the training and that you are having a positive experience as a CASA!

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a CASA volunteer for the CASA of Prince Georges County, Inc., for the past six years and it has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. The impact that the organization, its staff and its volunteers have on the foster children in our communities and our County is immeasurable. I am honored to be counted among its volunteers and can attest to the success of the program as stemming from the dedication and commitment of the entire staff at Prince Georges CASA: Ann Marie Foley-Binsner, Penny Gerber, Jeanmarie Albert, Cheryl Richards, to name a few, in addition to the numerous staff volunteers past and present.

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Thank you for all you do for CASA Clare!

Rating: 5 stars  

CASA of Prince George's County is a first class advocacy organization that prides itself on outreach and support services for children who have been abused, neglected, and often forgotten. CASA gives a much needed voice to this population.

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