New Court Appointed Special Advocates for CASA of the Mid-Shore were sworn in by Clerk of the Court Amy Craig at a ceremony in Dorchester County Circuit Court on Friday, Dec. 15.
The newly sworn CASA volunteers are: Subhan Campos, Lynnell Collins, Fay Mauro and Kim Finger.
CASA staff and board members, as well as the family and friends of the new advocates, gathered in the Dorchester County Circuit Courthouse to support the volunteers as they took an oath promising to advocate for the best interest of children who are under court protection because of abuse, neglect, abandonment, or their parents’ inability to safely care for them.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) 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.
Presiding over the ceremony in were the Honorable Brett W. Wilson and the Honorable Karen Ketterman.
Wilson called on lyrics by Pink Floyd, from their song “On the Turning Away,” to describe what CASA volunteers are called to do.
He encouraged the volunteers to “feel the new wind of change,” and noted that because of their support, “there will be no more turning away/ from the weak and weary/ no more turning away/ from the coldness inside.”
Wilson praised the volunteers for becoming involved in making change for the better in the lives of children who have been abused and neglected.
“Our program strives to ensure that all children under court protection due to maltreatment receive needed services and a safe, permanent home,” said Robin Davenport, Executive Director of CASA of the Mid-Shore. “We could not accomplish our work without the dedication and commitment of our amazing staff and volunteers. They work passionately to help improve the lives of maltreated children to assist them in growing to their full potential and giving them hope.”
The judge and magistrate thanked the new CASA volunteers for their time and talents on behalf of children and commended the organization for the important information contained in their insightful reports to the court.
Individuals interested in learning more about or supporting CASA’s services to Talbot, Dorchester, Queen Anne’s, and Kent counties children are encouraged to visit the CASA website at www.casamidshore.org or to contact the CASA office at 410-822-2866.
Article By: VICTORIA WINGATE
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