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Anne Arundel County CASA, Inc.

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Causes: Child Abuse Prevention, Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Civil Rights, Crime & Law, Domestic Violence, Protection Against Abuse

Mission: To advocate for and support abused and neglected children in the court system to ensure their right to safe, stable permanent homes.

Results: During FY12 (7/1/11-6/30/12), 96 CASA volunteers advocated for 122 children in the foster care system in Anne Arundel County. Twenty-five new CASA volunteers were trained, 41 new children were served, and 97% of the children whose cases closed were living in safe, stable, permanent homes.

Target demographics: AACCASA serves only abused and neglected children from infancy to 21 years of age who are under the jurisdiction of the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County and have been adjudicated as CINA (Child in Need of Assistance). CINA is the legal status that is given to children who have been abused and/or neglected and whose circumstances warrant protection and intervention by the Court. The children are directly referred by the juvenile court judges at the Circuit Court.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Foster children in Anne Arundel County, Maryland

Geographic areas served: Anne Arundel County, Maryland

Programs: CASA is central to fulfilling society’s most fundamental obligation by making sure a qualified, compassionate adult will fight for and protect a child’s right to be safe, to be treated with dignity and respect, and to learn and grown in the security of a loving family.

Community Stories

59 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The best way to make an impact in a child's life. I have been a CASA volunteer for 7 years and glad I made the decision to join this organization.

1 Jennifer601

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The CASA organization give the BEST training if have ever received as a volunteer. I felt totally prepared to be a volunteer after completing the course. The organization give a voice to foster children via their CASA, and working as a CASA volunteer I truly feel I am helping these kids even in small way.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Our organization reached out to Rebecca Tingle, CASA's Executive Director, to organize a fund raiser for CASA (Dress Up for CASA). Rebecca was extremely responsive and a pleasure to work with. Her expertise in creating good relationships that benefit CASA was evident in all of the supporters, contacts and vendors she was able to immediately assemble to help us make the fund raiser a huge success. Rebecca, and everyone at Anne Arundel County CASA loves what they do and they do it well. They put in so much time and effort into a cause they love, and it shows. CASA's supporters came out in full force and we were able to raise a good amount of money for CASA and see how devoted CASA's staff, volunteers and donors are to CASA's mission. Even better, I know that I, as well as my organization's members, had such a great experience with Rebecca and CASA that we plan to work with them again to support all that CASA does in Anne Arundel County.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been unbelievably impressed with this organization, from the training, support and guidance of the volunteers, to their community outreach, fundraising and above all how true they stay to their core mission. Amazing people doing amazing work

1 Joanna24

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a new CASA volunteer and just recently was assigned to my first kid. She is wonderful and I am looking forward to getting to know her and establish a relationship that will hopefully continue for a long time. I enjoyed the CASA training and not only did I learn a ton, but the instructor was knowledgeable and gave us the basics for being the best advocate for the child possible. I look forward to continuing in my role as an AA County CASA.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have donated to this charity since it's inception. There is no better way to give back and help those who don't have a voice. Because of CASA, these vulnerable children have a voice and advocate to help them. Great leadership, great people, great cause.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Anne Arundel County CASA provides support for children in the foster care system to ensure their needs are met and they have an advocate. CASA provides a voice for the children.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Outstanding professional training and community service to support children in foster care. I am a proud CASA former volunteer for 7 years!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of participating in CASA’s mission for a number of years now and I can’t say enough positive things about the organization. From the committed and passionate staff, to the dedicated Board members and of course the CASAs themselves who contribute their time and emotional energy to helping children this group is amazing. I am proud to have contributed in whatever little way and encourage anyone who wants to positively impact some of the most vulnerable kids in our region to participate. The organization’s work impacts our local community and the individuals who comprise it in the most meaningful and significant ways and I hope it has the ability to do so for many years to come. Thanks to everyone involved!

4 Taffy W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just completed my training to be a CASA( court appointed child advocate ). As part of the training I got to watch 4 court cases. I was so moved at the compassion for the children and the fact that the children are visibly happy, well cared for, respected. This is as a direct result of the work of the CASA making sure the child's needs are met and recommend s to the court what is in the best interest of the child. I can't wait to be an active CASA. My training was amazing and this may be the best organization I have ever encountered in my 50 years of being an educator

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with Anne Arundel County CASA has been a remarkable experience. I started volunteering in 2014 and it has been one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. My one regret in life is not joining them sooner. What an incredible way to be the voice for an abused or neglected child in foster care. If you are looking for something extremely rewarding, please consider volunteering with them.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great organization! Everyone who works there is kinda. All the staff and volunteers puts in a lot of time and effort for every task they are assigned!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sometimes kids are in foster care because their parents recognize they cannot provide for their needs and truly want what is best for them. As a CASA volunteer, I get the opportunity to advocate for children and make a difference in their lives. My CASA teenager was a victim of sex trafficking who was taken to at least 5 major U.S. cities and exploited. Social services intervened and the judge recognized she was a child in need of immediate services. She was placed in a therapeutic home, received treatment, and got into a GED program. That year was very bumpy for her and she went through a lot. Since that time, she has been reunited with her mother. She has a long road ahead but I have seen her smile and experience joyful moments in her life.

3 Ideen B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was honored to be a volunteer at this years Tee Up For A Child golf tournament this year, for CASA. The event proved to be a success, and it all starts from the top. There was a great feeling throughout the day, and it felt like all the volunteers were enjoying themselves while helping out wherever they could. There's a lot of awesome people who are with CASA, and some I'm proud to call a friend. I look forward to helping out in the near future, wherever I can. Best.

1 Nancy183

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have just started on the adventure of being a CASA. I am already soo impressed by the stories of current and former CASAs that I wish I would have discovered this organization before now.

The staff is extremely well informed and trained; the most impressive is the fact that it is not "just a job" for them; they are truly concerned and dedicated to helping the youngsters who find themselves in need of assistance through the courts.



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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since I started volunteering at AACO CASA, my heart hasn't been the same. I was blessed with an 11 year old girl in her second foster home. She is currently residing in her third foster placement and will soon be adopted by her current foster family. I have seen this beautiful child grow so much in the last year. When I first met her she was very un-happy, very confused and I'm sure frightened (although she would never admit that). She was removed from her home due to neglect as a result of her parents drug addictions. Her parents have gone to little effort to get her back so she has decided to be adopted. She loves her bio father but is ready to move on and embrace the family that has opened their doors to her. She has become very attached to me as a result of her challenges over the past year. She confides in me and shares many thing she wouldn't normally share. We have spent quite a bit of time together in the last year and she has been able to trust that someone will be there for her.

We have an amazing social worker on our case and the foster moms have been diligent in keeping up with her mental and physical health as well as her school success. In this I feel I have been very fortunate in that it has enabled me to really concentrate my efforts on the child herself.

I know CASA isn't for everyone. It's time consuming and can tug at your heart strings but for those who want to help a child in time of need this is for you.

My life has been changed because of this program and I can only hope that I have made a difference in the life of a beautiful deserving child.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a CASA for almost 10 years, first in Montgomery County and since 2009, in Anne Arundel County. It's challenging - but very worthwhile - work. In order to be most effective, CASAs need training before they begin, continuing education every year, and clinical supervision on a regular basis. Anne Arundel Ct. CASA does an excellent job of providing this professional development and support. I know can count on staff when I'm stuck and need help figuring out next steps or new approaches. This organization makes it possible for people like me to intervene positively in the life of a child facing numerous challenges. Thank you!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a CASA for 10 years, the last 3 of which have been in Anne Arundel Ct., MD. With training and regular supervision, I've been able to effectively support 3 children in the county's child welfare system. All have faced significant challenges but my role as the person who is asked by the court to focus on their best interests has allowed me to make what I believe is an important contribution to their well-being. It is an unique opportunity to work one-on-one with a child who needs the support a CASA volunteer can offer.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a CASA volunteer since 1997 and am also proud to be part of the CASA staff. I have seen first hand the positive difference having an advocate can make in the lives of children in the foster care system. I look forward to the day when every child in foster care in Anne Arundel County has the benefit of a Court Appointed Special Advocate. Our CASA volunteers are the best!!!

1 Dawn34

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have advocated for 6 children in the foster care system as a CASA volunteer. It would be hard to imagine where those children would be today if they had not had a CASA to be sure that the system was working in their best interest. I have been impressed with the support that volunteers receive and the dedication of supervisors/case managers.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

CASA provides a very valuable service to abused and neglected children that are having to navigate the foster care system. These children are often faced with traumatic and complex family situations and their needs can easily slip through the cracks as the "system" tries to help them. A CASA is necessary keep the needs of the child in mind and support the often overburdened social workers.

CASA is very supportive with training of its volunteers and with acknowledging their importance for each of these children. As a volunteer, I feel totally supported by CASA staff in helping me do my best for these children.

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1 Marj S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After taking a year off from being a CASA for some family health issues, I have just started a new case, my fifth since becoming a CASA in 2006. I cannot find words to say how much coming back to this work means to me - to help change for the better the life of an abused or neglected child is the most rewarding (and sometimes, heartbreaking) volunteer job EVER. Despite a foster care system that tries to do the best for these kids, it is impossible for the caseworkers to know the kids the way a CASA does - DSS staff have so many kids on their caseloads, while a CASA focuses on one child or sibling group at a time. Fulfilling the dual role of mentor to the child(ren) and eyes and ears for the court is challenging, and the support we CASAs receive from the professional staff at AA Co. CASA is a big part of how we can do this work to the best of our ability!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a CASA I can make a difference in the life of a child in foster care. The Anne Arundel County CASA organization makes this possible by training me and providing professional social worker oversight - thanks to them, I am helping to change the world, one child at a time!

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