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

Rating: 4.87 stars   38 reviews 886

Address:

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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301-209-0491
www.pgcasa.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with CASA for many years and have always been impressed with the passion demonstrated by the staff and volunteers. They are working with an extremely vulnerable population and dedicate all available resources to protecting them and putting them on a better path. I will continue to do all that I can do to help further this great organization.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am proud to serve on the Board of this efficient and effective organization. The staff are dedicated to the mission and consistently work to do everything they can to make a difference in the children's lives. The Executive Director is an excellent leader and I am confident that the organization will continue to grow under her leadership to meet the needs of the community.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Court Appointed Special Advocates provides an indispensable service to about 20% of the 600 children in Prince George's County, MD currently navigating the bureaucracy of our child protective service system. Through CASA's network of volunteer advocates it provides a credible and rationale voice on behalf of a child that champions the most-positive outcome for their mentee. CASA of PG County's volunteer training program is rigorous, but highly successful with 81% of their volunteer's recommendations being adopted by the court system on behalf of the child.
CASA of PG County, with the help of gracious donors like yourself, has also taken their mission a few steps further to help their children achieve permanence with their placements and positive transitions as their mentees exit the foster care system. In 2012, CASA of PG County had a 70% success ratio in finding a stable home environment as their children transition out of the child protective service system and transition into adulthood.
Thank you for considering supporting this worthwhile organization.

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

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

PG CASA is committed and tireless in all they do for foster youth in PG County! Their level of dedication is beyond compare. Anyone who is interested in becoming part of an amazing organization need to look no further--become a CASA volunteer or consider donating. You won't regret it! As a staff of a licensed foster agency operating in PG, we rely on CASA workers to further advocate for our youth and we are so grateful for what they do!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Hi my name is Sierra Hale and I'm a former foster youth. I had a casa well two 1 for 3 or 4 years and the other for a couple of month, well my last few months leading up to me aging out. Both of them were so so so so helpful to me; the first one went up and beyond to make sure I was ok she was like a second mom. We talked about every thing, went out to eat every time we met up she took me prom shoe and jewelry shopping, she was young beautiful and had a good heart. You could tell she really wanted to help. She answered her phone all hours of the night if I needed her and mad sure I was always on track with everything. I swear I love that lady she and her husband help me get some of my college books, me her daughter and her went to the black universal soul circus for my Casa birthday. lol. We did a lot and spend a lot time to together and every time we met up there was never and paper and all this writing like a plain worker, but you can tell she was listening and listening well because her court report was always accurate. My other casa was wonderful as well she would call just to check up on me, we would also go out to eat and talk and laugh. She has well went up and beyond she helped make corrections on my resume, tried helping me find a secure job, brought a temp phone she mines broke and gave me money for groceries Herr and there but aside from the materialistic things these two women impacted me and my life as a wholle and I'm very very thankful for them. Also Casa it self help me move when I aged out and get things for around my new apt. There just great!!!!!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

This is an amazing organization. I first became involved because I was interested in volunteering but later asked to join the Board because I am so committed to the mission and furthering the cause. The staff and volunteers are extremely dedicated and am so glad to be a part of this group.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

CASA is an organization that truly does more with less. The volunteers work hard every day to make sure children are safe and have the services they need. More support is needed to be able to serve all the children in need.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

As I reflect on my life in recent years, one of my proudes moments was the decision to become a Court Appointed Special Advocate. After four years of being a CASA Tem Member, my initial motivation for becoming a volunteer has been validated. Abused and neglected children are deserving of our time, compassion, love and understanding. I am passionate about this organization and encourage you to be passionate too.

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?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I got trained as a CASA volunteer and subsequently joined their board, given how impressed I was by the hard work, mission driven focus and dedication that I saw in everyone there. This is a great nonprofit!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The work that the Director and staff does for the children with the resources that they have is amazing. They are some of the most dedicated people that I have ever met and I am very proud to tell people that I am a part of this great organization.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

The director and staff are very committed to the children and families supported by this organization.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Abused and neglected children are one of THE most vulnerable populations in this country. CASA makes sure those children have a voice and don't fall through the cracks. I have been donating to CASA for 14 years and hope to continue to be able to do what I can to help.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

The staff and volunteers are extremely dedicated to the mission of the organization which is efficiently managed and well regarded in the community.

 
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