Building trust and offering hope to vulnerable children
Working with CASA of the Mid-Shore, volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates give their time, energy, and their compassion in an effort to create real, lasting, and positive change for local children. All children served by CASA of the Mid-Shore are under the protection of the court due to abuse, neglect, abandonment, or their parents’ inability to safely care for them. These children face major barriers during their journeys to safe, permanent homes, often changing schools and foster placements multiple times. Every child deserves individual advocacy regarding their best interest, which is where CASA comes in.
CASA volunteers are assigned to work with one child at a time. CASA volunteers research their appointed child’s background, get to know the child, identify the child’s needs, attend court hearings, and make recommendations to assist the judge in making decisions that are in the child’s best interest. CASA closely follows the case to ensure the child receives services with the ultimate goal of seeing the child placed in a safe, permanent home.
CASA Volunteer, James Pinkett, shares his views regarding his work as a Court Appointed Special Advocate; “I reassure my (appointed) child that I am not replacing his parents. I am there for him, always nearby, to spend time, to listen, to talk. I care about his wellbeing, his situation and his future. Over time that sets a child at ease and he begins to relax. That’s how I build trust. My heart really smiles when I know he is doing well. I see him begin to feel hopeful, because only then can he can start to dream about his future. To me, to lift up a child’s life, to offer hope, trust and safety, only then can that child begin to believe in a positive future.”
CASA of the Mid-Shore is currently accepting applications from residents of Talbot, Dorchester, Queen Anne’s, and Kent Counties, who are interested in becoming CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Volunteers.