After completing 40 hours of Pre-Service Training during October and November, our newest group of CASA volunteers participated in Swearing-in Ceremonies in three of the four Circuit Courts in our service region. The new CASA volunteers are Thomas Arnold, Carol Drummey, Brenda Fike, Lorna Leone, Karen McLaughlin, Katherine Nelson, and Jan Sondberg. On December 12, 2018, in the Talbot County Circuit Court, the new Court Appointed Special Advocates took an oath promising to advocate for the best interest of children under court protection. The Honorable Stephen H. Kehoe presided over the Swearing-In Ceremony. In greeting the new Court Appointed Special Advocates, Judge Kehoe stressed the importance of the CASA’s input in challenging cases. He stated, “You are inspiring a child to go beyond the sadness in their life…inspiring a child to look at the long term. [I thank you for] inspiring the world, the judges and magistrates who are listening to you.”
Following Judge Kehoe’s remarks were comments from Magistrate Jamie Adkins that genuinely touched everyone in the courtroom: “It is an honor for me to be with people who choose to invest themselves in the lives of children in need. [I offer] my sincere thanks to each of you for your willingness to take on this role as your mission for local children.” Later in the same day, the newest volunteers took the oath to become Court Appointed Special Advocates in Dorchester County Circuit Court. Presiding over this Ceremony was the Honorable Brett Wilson. In his welcome remarks to the new Court Appointed Special Advocates, Judge Wilson stated, “Each of you has heeded the call to serve in your community by helping children who have suffered neglect or abuse. It is hard for me to think of a more noble cause. . . Each of you has now embarked upon this particular journey of service, and for that, I am so very glad.”
The third Swearing-in Ceremony took place on December 17, 2018, in Queen Anne’s County Circuit Court. The Honorable Thomas Ross and Magistrate Jean Meta congratulated our newest CASA volunteers, thanking them for their willingness to invest time and energy on behalf of the best interest of vulnerable children. Judge Ross praised CASA of the Mid-Shore for continuing to serve children in Talbot, Dorchester, Queen Anne’s and Kent Counties. At each ceremony our Executive Director, Robin Davenport offered thanks to the judges and magistrates for their belief in the value of CASA’s work.