Become a Volunteer Advocate

 

What is a CASA?

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

A CASA volunteer, is a trained and committed adult who represents and advocates for a child’s best interest in the Caroline County Courts.  Each volunteer is appointed by a judge to advocate for a child’s best interest in court. Our volunteers help judges develop a fuller picture of each child’s life. Their advocacy enables judges to make the most well-informed decision for each child. By becoming a CASA volunteer, you can help keep abused and neglected children safe and give them a chance at finding true happiness in a safe, loving and permanent home. 

What does a CASA Volunteer Do?

CASA volunteers get to know the child. As a CASA volunteer, you will spend a significant amount of time with your child, gaining his or her trust.  CASA's also gather information from everyone involved in the child's daily life.  This includes family members, foster parents, teachers, daycare providers, doctors, lawyers, social workers and other relevant persons. As a CASA volunteer, you will use this information to advocate and make legal reports to the judge presiding over the case.  Our volunteers typically spend 7-12 hours a month working in their child's best interest.  As a CASA volunteer, you commit to representing a child’s best interests until the case is closed and the child reaches a safe, permanent home.

What Are The Requirements?

In addition to caring about the well-being of children CASA volunteers MUST: 

  • Be at least 21 years of age;
  • Pass a background screening;
  • Complete 30 hours of pre-service training;
  • Be able to commit to a child until their case has closed, or for at least one year;
  • Be able to volunteer a minimum of 7-12 hours per month.

Ready to sign up? Fill out our application by clicking the link! 

Still need more information?  Please contact us at 410-479-8301 or carolinecasa@verizon.net. 

Just know that YOUR VOICE IS NEEDED!

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                Caroline County's Children NEED you!

"BE A POWERFUL VOICE IN A CHILD'S LIFE! "