Court-appointed special advocate (CASA) volunteers make a life-changing difference for children who have experienced abuse or neglect.

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

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News & Events

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The CASA Story

Inspiration came to Seattle juvenile court judge David W. Soukup in 1976.

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

Seeing Through the Eyes of a Child
Seeing Through the Eyes of a Child

"Seeing Through the Eyes of a Child" is CASA of Caroline's signature annual fundraiser.  The highlight of the event is the photos and artwork created by some of the children we serve. 2021 Date - TBA!  Please check back for exact date While we had to cancel...

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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...

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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:
You can make a difference in the lives of Caroline County children with a donation that will assist CASA of Caroline in providing advocates to children in need. 
  • Click on our "donation" link or send us a check. Monetary donations help cover the costs of recruiting and training volunteer advocates.  All gifts are tax-deductible.
  • Designate CASA of Caroline in your workplace giving. Don’t forget about matching funds programs and Maryland Charity Campaigns #1363. Please visit mdcharity.org to learn more. 
  • Honor a CASA advocate you know by making a gift in his or her honor. 
  • Make a planned gift through a bequest or life insurance gifts. 
Become a Corporate Partner

We are looking for like-minded businesses and organizations within the community to become partners.  Please visit our "Community Partners" page for more details and to see our current partners

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

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Call

(410)-479-8301

Email

carolinecasa@verizon.net

Address

114 Market Street, Suite 100
Denton, MD 21629

Fax

(410) 479-8302