About us

Building trust and offering hope to vulnerable children

Our mission

CASA of the Mid-Shore advocates for children under court protection due to serious risk factors, such as abuse, neglect, abandonment, or chronic truancy, to ensure their right to thrive in a safe, permanent home.

Our VISION

Every child in Talbot, Dorchester, Queen Anne’s, and Kent County who is under court protection due to serious risk factors has a caring, competent Court Appointed Special Advocate who speaks up for that child’s best interest.

Our Core Values

Compassion:

We approach people and challenges with empathy, honesty, kindness, and openness. We care and want the best for all people.

HOPE:

We are optimistic, knowing good outcomes can grow from difficult situations. We believe one person has the power to make a positive difference in the life of another.

ADVOCACY:

We are proactive, strategic, and courageous. We thoughtfully persevere, using creativity and diplomacy. 

integrity:

We strive for excellence, both individually and collectively. We steward others’ faith in us, and we are trustworthy and accountable. We strive for equity. 

Respect:

We listen. We empower others by valuing their opinions. We treat everyone with esteem.

Inclusion:

We acknowledge the importance of teamwork and collaboration. We value diversity and the unique qualities of individuals, recognizing we are stronger together than alone.

Adaptability:

We commit to being flexible under ever-changing circumstances while remaining focused on our mission.

Our history

The nation’s first Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program was created in Seattle, Washington in 1977 by Judge David Soukup, who wanted to make sure he and other judges and magistrates were making the best possible decisions about the lives of abused and neglected children needing court protection. He began recruiting and training adult citizens to serve as advocates for children who came before the court as a result of maltreatment by their parents or guardians. His idea worked, and CASA programs were born all across the country.

We started in 1990 and were known as CASA of Talbot County. We expanded in late 2009 to serve Dorchester County children, again expanding in 2014 to serve children in Queen Anne’s and Kent Counties. Known now as CASA of the Mid-Shore, our mission is to serve as many children as possible in Talbot, Dorchester, Queen Anne’s and Kent Counties who need a CASA volunteer.

Due to the high level of risk to young children who are chronically truant, at the request of the Dorchester Truancy Reduction Court, we initiated a pilot project in which CASA volunteers are appointed to work with some of these vulnerable children.

Who we are
& what we do

We advocate for children under the protection of the circuit court because of abuse, neglect, abandonment, or their parents’ inability to safely care for them. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) are officers of the court and, as such, are ordered to make assessments and recommendations to the judge regarding the best interest of the child to whom they are appointed. 

CASA’s attempt to identify the specific needs of each child for the court, advocate for service provision to meet those needs, and assist in seeking a permanent resolution for each child’s life as quickly and safely as possible. Through their consistent presence and willingness to speak up for children’s needs, CASAs offer hope to children. Court Appointed Special Advocates are adult volunteers from the community who are screened, trained, and supervised by professional staff members.

Our staff

Meet our wonderful team!

Robin Davenport Headshot | Executive Director, CASA of the Mid-Shore

Robin
Davenport

Executive Director

Kay
Lister

Executive Assistant

Susan
Schumacher

Assistant Director /
Case Supervisor

Jane
Crawford

Volunteer Coordinator

Karen
Orem

Office Manager

Anna
Krupka

Case Supervisor

Belinda
Frankel

Case Supervisor

Board of Directors

OFFICERS

Moorhead
Vermilye

President

Robert
Cattaneo

1st Vice President

Stephanie
Nagel

2nd Vice President

Christine
McWilliams

Secretary

Paula
Statkiewicz

Treasurer

Moorhead
Vermilye

President

Robert
Cattaneo

1st Vice President

Stephanie
Nagel

2nd Vice President

Christine
McWilliams

Secretary

Paula
Statkiewicz

Treasurer

directors

Childlene
Brooks

Joan
Crowley

Zuleika
Ghodsi

Christie
Grabis

Mary
Griffin

William
Jones

Brett
Summers

Sidney
Trond

Linda
Chandlee

"Do What You Can,
With What You Have,
Where You Are."

- Theodore Roosevelt