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 the fact that they were abused, neglected, or abandoned. These children face major barriers during their journeys to safe, permanent homes, often changing schools and placements multiple times. Recently, CASA volunteers shared their thoughts on the impact they are making on children in our communities.
CASA volunteer James Pinkett shared his views regarding his work as a Court Appointed Special Advocate; “In my experience, even though a child has been abused by the parents, he/she does not want to leave them. So, I reassure my child that I am not replacing his parents, but I am there for him as a friend that cares about his well-being, his situation and his future. Over time that sets a child at ease and they begin to relax. That’s how I build trust. My heart really smiles when I see him begin to feel hopeful, because only then can he start to dream about his future.”
Blair Burns Potter summed up her work by saying, “Being a CASA volunteer requires compassion, a willingness to learn, and persistence. One of the most important things a CASA does is to be physically present in the many situations where a child needs help, guidance, or simply moral support. Just being there with the child, time after time, builds trust.”
Every child deserves people like James and Blair, who offer compassion, trust and hope. If you have a heart for children and would like to see young lives changed with your involvement, please consider becoming a CASA volunteer. To learn more, please visit www.casamidshore.org or call 410-822-2866.