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

Rating: 4.87 stars   38 reviews

Nonprofit Issues:

Children & Youth, Crime & Law

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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Reviews for Court Appointed Special Advocate -Casa- Prince Georges County, Inc.

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  

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

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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1 person found this review helpful

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  

1 person found this review helpful

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.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

This organization truly cares about the children they serve.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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1 person found this review helpful

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

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

This is an incredibly worthy organization. I feel that once you learn about the mission, it is impossible not to want to be involved. The kids that CASA serves are the most vulnerable population in our community. Without a CASA to ensure that their voice is heard, these kids can far too easily fall through the cracks. CASA staff and volunteers devote all their time and resources to making a difference in the lives of children.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)/Prince George's County is a fantastic organization that serves the foster care youth in Prince George's County. The staff cares deeply about the lives of the children that they serve. They are not just names, but individuals with unique needs and stories. Because of that dedication, the staff provides exceptional training and continued support to the volunteers who are matched one on one with a child in foster care. The volunteers are perhaps the most amazing component of CASA. After completing 37 hours of training, these individuals dedicate a minimum of 1 year to advocate for a child in foster care. I have heard of many volunteers staying active for 3 or more years standing beside their youth or even taking on new cases! The individuals who dedicate themselves to our children who are in such need of a consistent ally are truly community heroes. I am so happy to support this organization that brings together a knowledgeable staff and caring citizens to help bring a brighter outcome for these children who have been abused and neglected.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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