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.
The best interest of all foster care children in the Juvenile Court for Caroline County are honored and all foster care children will have a permanent living arrangement as soon as possible.
Our Mission and Vision will be accomplished by the recruitment, screening, training and support of citizen volunteers, who will serve as CASA volunteers (Court Appointed Special Advocates).
CASA volunteers, after 30 hours of pre-service training, a Court observation, and a thorough screening process are sworn in by the court. After they are appointed by the court to the case of a child or sibling group, they perform an independent investigation of the child or children's circumstances and make a written report to the court regarding their findings. The emphasis of the advocacy is directed toward achieving a safe and permanent home for children. CASA volunteers get to know the child, family and other care givers, and also monitor the child's care and the orders of the court.
CASA volunteers receive support and supervision and on-going in-service training from CASA staff. The average CASA volunteer devotes between five and ten hours per month to all activities related to their case.