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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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9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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

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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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!

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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.