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

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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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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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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!!!!!

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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!

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.

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.

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!

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