Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers make a life-changing difference for children who have experienced abuse or neglect.   Our volunteers are the superheroes these children need and deserve.  Our volunteers “Change a Child’s Story!”

About CASA

CASA of Caroline, Inc. will advocate for the best interest of all abused and neglected children who are in the Caroline County court system through no fault of their own.  As empowered by the Circuit Court of Caroline County, volunteer advocates will be trained to make assessments and recommendations to the court on behalf of these children.

“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build the youth for our future.”  

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Volunteer

Learn about ways you can “Change a Child’s Story”!

Donate

Every dollar you give helps to “Change a Child’s Story”!

News & Events

Find out what’s happening at CASA of Caroline!

The CASA Story

Inspiration came to Seattle juvenile court judge David W. Soukup in 1976. Click here to view Judge Soukup’s rendition of the history of CASA

Judge Soukup had insufficient information to make a life-changing decision for a 3-year-old girl who had suffered from child abuse.

That’s where the idea came from: These children, who had experienced abuse or neglect, needed trained volunteers speaking up in the courtroom for their best interests.

It Was a
Judge’s Idea

News and Events

Pinwheels For Prevention
Pinwheels For Prevention

Denton -      April, 2021   Denton - CASA of Caroline recognized April's Child Abuse Prevention Month with activities to get the entire community involved. The month kicked-off with a Pinwheel Planting Ceremony in the Denton Community Garden on...

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Holiday 2020 Volunteer Appreciation
Holiday 2020 Volunteer Appreciation

Denton -  Volunteers are the backbone of CASA of Caroline.  While it's not possible to fully express our gratitude for these local superheroes, we honor them every year at our Holiday Dinner.  This year, as a result of the pandemic, we had to look outside the box to...

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Bullying Prevention
Bullying Prevention

Denton - October is National Bullying Prevention Month.  CASA of Caroline has partnered with Character Counts Mid-Shore, Caroline County Family YMCA and Caroline County Public Schools to raise awareness around prevention of bullying and cyberbullying.  "Character...

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CASA in Caroline County

In 2003, over 300 cases of abuse or neglect were investigated by the Caroline County Department of Social Services.

Approximately 50 children were in foster care at the end of that year. Each child who was removed from their parents’ home was involved in a lengthy court process. A group of concerned citizens recognized the need for someone to watch out for the best interest of foster care children.  Spearheaded by then Circuit Court Judge J. Owen Wise, who had seen firsthand the positive results of CASA advocacy, CASA of Caroline became operational in September 2003. 

 It was akin to introducing a foreign language.  Most people thought any child in the juvenile court system must have done something wrong to be there.  One of the first hurdles was getting people at large to accept the fact that the children CASA deals with are victims and are part of the juvenile system due to no fault of their own.  It remains a hurdle to this day.

Circuit Court Judge J. Owen Wise

“Although the concept of CASA was firmly rooted in other states across the country and other counties in Maryland, its introduction to Caroline County was a challenge. “

Make a Financial Contribution:
Become a Community Partner

We believe strong communities build strong families.  Community Partners make a commitment to the children of Caroline County by providing us with financial support as well as the opportunity to meet and connect with folks who are interested in taking our training course and becoming the person who makes a real difference in a foster care child's life. Partnership Program Brochure

Make an In-Kind Donation:
Cleaning out your home or office?  There are many things we could use in our CASA office!
  • Office supplies like copy paper, file folders, etc.
  • Non-perishable food and beverages to be used during trainings.
  • Gift cards for gas or restaurants that our CASA's could use during their visits with their child
  • Gift cards or items for the auction at our annual fundraiser.
Other Ways to Support:
  • Host an event such as a car wash, bake sale, etc. to benefit CASA of Caroline.
  • Shop AmazonSmile and designate CASA of Caroline as your charity of choice.
  • Invite us to come present to your group, organization or workplace.
  • Stay connected with us by signing up for our newsletter and e-mail updates. 

Get In Touch

7 + 10 =

Call

(410)-479-8301

Email

carolinecasa@verizon.net

Address

114 Market Street, Suite 100
Denton, MD 21629

Fax

(410) 479-8302

Pinwheels For Prevention

Pinwheels For Prevention

Denton -      April, 2021   Denton - CASA of Caroline recognized April's Child Abuse Prevention Month with activities to get the entire community involved. The month kicked-off with a Pinwheel Planting Ceremony in the Denton Community Garden on...

Holiday 2020 Volunteer Appreciation

Holiday 2020 Volunteer Appreciation

Denton -  Volunteers are the backbone of CASA of Caroline.  While it's not possible to fully express our gratitude for these local superheroes, we honor them every year at our Holiday Dinner.  This year, as a result of the pandemic, we had to look outside the box to...

Bullying Prevention

Bullying Prevention

Denton - October is National Bullying Prevention Month.  CASA of Caroline has partnered with Character Counts Mid-Shore, Caroline County Family YMCA and Caroline County Public Schools to raise awareness around prevention of bullying and cyberbullying.  "Character...

CASA Volunteers Sworn in During Stay-At-Home Orders

CASA Volunteers Sworn in During Stay-At-Home Orders

Denton - On Wednesday, June 10, CASA of Caroline proudly welcomed three new Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers who were sworn in by Circuit Court Judge Jonathan Newell.  Sworn in were: Ann Anthony, Julie...

Pinwheels For Child Abuse Prevention

Pinwheels For Child Abuse Prevention

CASA of Caroline, The Caroline County YMCA/Mentoring Program and Caroline's Agape Project are joining together to support Pinwheels For Prevention, a campaign to promote awareness of child abuse.  Pinwheels are the national symbol for the great childhoods all...

Child Abuse Prevention Month: Pinwheels For Prevention

April, 2021

Denton - CASA of Caroline recognized April's Child Abuse Prevention Month with activities to get the entire community involved and raise awareness of child abuse and its prevention.  This year's national theme, Thriving Children & Families: Prevention with a Purposerecognized the importance of communities working together to help families thrive and prevent child maltreatment. 

The month kicked-off with a Pinwheel Planting ceremony in the Denton Community Garden on Saturday, April 3.  Elected officials, members of the community, and CASA volunteers, board members and staff "planted" pinwheels to raise awareness.  Throuhgout the month, students from CCPS colored 261 pinwheels to fill the CASA of Caroline windows.   Pinwheel displays were created around the county by groups including Community Club of Preston, Preston Historical Society, Caroline County Sheriff's Department, Federalsburg and Denton Police Departments, Choptank Transport, and others who wanted to show their support for the happy, healthy childhoods all kids deserve! 

Pinwheels were available for folks to create their own pinwheel displays thanks Denton Rotary, Purple Peake CBD, and Caroline County State's Attorney Joe Riley, this year's pinwheel sponsors.  Special thanks to Greensboro Pharmacy, Ridgely Pharmacy, Patti's Petals, The Foundry, Purple Peake, Joviality, Shore United Denton Branch, Federalsburg Family Restaurant and Katie Mae's in Preston for making the pinwheels available for the public!  We were truly awed by the outpouring of support from the Caroline County community and thank everyone for their involvement and helping us create awareness of this very important issue!  

 

 

  Thank you to our 2021 Pinwheel Sponsors!
Pinwheels For Prevention

Pinwheels For Prevention

Denton -      April, 2021   Denton - CASA of Caroline recognized April's Child Abuse Prevention Month with activities to get the entire community involved. The month kicked-off with a Pinwheel Planting Ceremony in the Denton Community Garden on...

Holiday 2020 Volunteer Appreciation

Holiday 2020 Volunteer Appreciation

Denton -  Volunteers are the backbone of CASA of Caroline.  While it's not possible to fully express our gratitude for these local superheroes, we honor them every year at our Holiday Dinner.  This year, as a result of the pandemic, we had to look outside the box to...

Bullying Prevention

Bullying Prevention

Denton - October is National Bullying Prevention Month.  CASA of Caroline has partnered with Character Counts Mid-Shore, Caroline County Family YMCA and Caroline County Public Schools to raise awareness around prevention of bullying and cyberbullying.  "Character...

CASA Volunteers Sworn in During Stay-At-Home Orders

CASA Volunteers Sworn in During Stay-At-Home Orders

Denton - On Wednesday, June 10, CASA of Caroline proudly welcomed three new Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers who were sworn in by Circuit Court Judge Jonathan Newell.  Sworn in were: Ann Anthony, Julie...

Pinwheels For Child Abuse Prevention

Pinwheels For Child Abuse Prevention

CASA of Caroline, The Caroline County YMCA/Mentoring Program and Caroline's Agape Project are joining together to support Pinwheels For Prevention, a campaign to promote awareness of child abuse.  Pinwheels are the national symbol for the great childhoods all...

Child Abuse Awareness Month: Pinwheels For Prevention

"April, 2021

Denton - April is Child Abuse Awareness Month.  This year's national theme, Thriving Children & Families: Prevention with a Purposerecognizes the importance of communities working together to help families thrive and prevent child maltreatment. During the month of April and throughout the year, CASA of Caroline is encouraging our community to increase awareness about child and family well-being, and work together to implement effective strategies that support families and prevent child abuse and neglect.

Please show your support and increase awareness of child abuse by "planting" a pinwheel in the Denton Community Garden during the first weekend in April.  Pinwheels were chosen as the national symbol for Child Abuse Awareness & Prevention because they are a lighthearted and whimsical reminder of childhood and they represent our vision for a world where all children grow up happy, healthy, and prepared to succeed in supportive families and communities.  Pinwheels will be available beginning Friday, April 2 at: Patti's Petals, Joviality, The Foundry, Purple Peake, and other locations around the county.  Please check back here for a complete list.  Thank you to this year's pinwheel sponsors, Denton Rotary and Purple Peake! 

If you're a crafty person, try creating your own pinwheel display using the instructions on this page!  We are also asking for children in the community to help "plant hope" and fill our CASA of Caroline windows with pinwheels. Please use the coloring page below and send it to us using the instructions at the bottom of the coloring sheet.   It will take 240 pinwheels to fill our windows so please "Help Plant Hope"!

We have also developed a full month of activities for you and your family to raise awareness and help prevent child abuse by supporting and encouraging healthy family activities.  Please check out our calendar and find the activities that you and your family will enjoy doing together.  The most important thing we can do to help children thrive is to support families before they reach a crisis.  Please join us in this month-long effort to end child abuse and "Change a Child's Story"!