Mission & History


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. 


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.


davidThe nation’s first Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program was created in Seattle, Washington in 1977 by Superior Court 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 who needed court protection. He conceived of the idea of 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. In Maryland, the first CASA program began in 1987 in Montgomery County. CASA of Talbot County was incorporated as a private, nonprofit organization in 1990 and expanded in late 2009 to serve Dorchester County as well. On July 1,2014, CASA of Talbot and Dorchester Counties announced the expansion of its program services to include abused and neglected 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 by their side.