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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. advocates 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


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It Was a
Judge’s Idea

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.

CASA in Caroline County

Caroline County Courthouse photo courtesy of Bill Whaley Photography

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. “