Mission: National CASA's mission is to ensure that every child in or risk of being placed in foster care has a CASA Volunteer, appointed by judges to be a voice for these children in court. The result is that they are placed into safe, loving homes where they can thrive.
Results: We provide on average 175 volunteers who serve up to 200 children, based upon our financial ability. Our county has nearly 600 children in foster care currently. Our fundraising efforts are all directed toward costs of recruiting and training more volunteers in order to reach even more children. Our goal is to provide a CASA for each child who needs one.
Target demographics: We serve a diverse group of children, birth through 18 years or age, who are in foster care.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 200 children
Geographic areas served: Baltimore County, Maryland
Programs: Screening, including background checks, training, and supervision of volunteer advocates; tracking through database of court cases; presentation of court reports for individual cases.
As a Volunteer I am court-appointed to work with an adolescent girl who is in foster care. In developing a relationship with her while at the same time "working" with her DSS worker, foster parents, biological family and treatment foster care case manager, I'm able to make solid and appropriate recommendations to the Court regarding her well-being and future needs. I feel very honored to be volunteering with CASA of Baltimore County and feel that they provide me with the support and encouragement I need to be the best and most effective advocate I can.
CASA of Baltimore County teaches and supports volunteers who advocate for children who are removed from their homes because of abuse and/or neglect. It is truly rewarding to spend time with a child who really needs an extra pair of eyes to look after them.