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

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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39 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great program! Really cares about the children they support.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

Sierra H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!!!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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

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Donor

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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

1 Lauramarie29

Donor

Rating: 5

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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kbundy 10/31/2014

Thank you so much for your positive words!

1 Ann Marie B.

Donor

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

This organization truly cares about the children they serve.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1 Cynthia48

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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kbundy 09/12/2014

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 1

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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kbundy 09/10/2014

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.

1 Adrainne T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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kbundy 09/12/2014

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a CASA volunteer for almost two years and the organization truly cares for the needs of the children in the foster care program.

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kbundy 09/12/2014

Thank you for your commitment to CASA!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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kbundy 09/12/2014

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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kbundy 09/12/2014

Thank you for all you do for CASA Clare!

Board Member

Rating: 5

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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kbundy 09/12/2014

Thank you for your support of CASA!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They say it only takes one to start a change! The dedication of the director and staff at, CASA of Prince Georges Count is unwavering in their mission.

Sheila32

Volunteer

Rating: 4

For years I heard about CASA Prince George's County and thought I was a nice organization to volunteer. It took some time but when I did, what I thought was so true. The staff and volunteers are all dedicated to make sure that children in foster care have a voice.

Mary198

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a CASA volunteer I am so overwhelmed by the needs in the foster care system. That I can make a small difference in the life of a child is humbling to me. This is the most fulfilling work I can imagine.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Joseph12

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Court Appointed Special Advocate - CASA of Prince George's County. As a volunteer, you are the voice of the child in foster care, The child who do not know whether they are coming or going. As a Volunteer, you present their needs before the court that order services to assist the development of this child to becoming a productive well balanced citizen of of this great United States of America. As a Volunteer, you are the only constant face these children will know and trusted, you visit the kids, visit their respective schools, mainly see about the child's development a worthy human being.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined CASA of Prince George's County as a volunteer, commissioned by the District Court - Family Services to be an advocate for a teenager in Foster Care. The experience has been of immense responsibility and joy to see that most of your recommendations is adhered to by the court. The teenager is thriving and doing well in his foster home protected with love and care. The Staff of CASA were very supportive and to tell you, I do not have any regrets. If you love children, you might want to give it a trial.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

During my time as a board member, I have seen first-hand how dedicated and committed CASA is to provide best interest advocacy for abused and neglected children and youth in our community. I have been extremely impressed with the well-trained volunteers, hard-working staff and active Board. I truly believe in CASA's mission of providing a voice to children in the foster care system and I'm honored to be associated with such a wonderful and efficiently managed non-profit.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Mary Anderson and I am a CASA volunteer. I was appointed by the Juvenile Court Judges to advocate for abused and neglected children to make sure they don’t get lost in the system, to ensure that their needs are being met and their voices are being heard. A child in the foster care system has many people in their lives, I am able to be the one consistent person in their life, constantly fighting for and protecting their fundamental right to be treated with respect and letting them know that they matter and their feelings are important. I really feel like I am making a difference in the lives of the children I work with and their families as I get to know everyone in the child’s life and make recommendations to the Court about the best interest of the child. The Executive Director is fantastic and the Supervisors are so supportive and helpful. I have never felt the satisfaction of volunteering as much as I do since I became a volunteer with CASA of Prince George’s County. CASA of Prince George’s County, MD is one of the best organizations to be a part of!

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a CASA and I have been a CASA for almost a year now and I have to say it is very rewarding. Not only am I helping a child in need but I find myself being helped in a different way. If you want you life impact in a positive way and want to show a child who struggles with trusting adults that adults can be trusted and we all aren't bad become a CASA. I can't imagine not being a CASA because these kids are our future they will be leaders some day and I am honored to be in the chapter of one of their lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I signed up for volunteer training at CASA after reading their mission statement. After completing an extremely informative training session in July 2012, I was even more convinced that CASA was where I could make a difference in improving the life of a child in foster care. I believe that anyone completing the volunteer training will be empowered to do the same. I did not realize until the training just how great the need is for CASA volunteers in Prince Georges County and I am honored to be a part of an organization that cares so much for our children.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hello! I am survivor of tape and infest, and domestic abuse.I understand the great need for this organization.I. wanted yo continue with CASA BUT work and school, and life got in the way. I do plain to return in 2013 if they will have me. Thank you.Betsy Byrd