Twelve new CASA volunteers completed State and National requirements necessary to become sworn Officers of the Court for CASA of the Mid-Shore. The judges, magistrates and Clerks of the Circuit Courts of Talbot, Dorchester, Queen Anne’s, and Kent Counties welcomed new Court Appointed Special Advocates in Swearing-in Ceremonies that took place in December and January. Pictured below are photos from each of the four ceremonies.
The judges and magistrates presiding over the ceremonies were full of praise in their welcome remarks to the new advocates. Talbot County Circuit Court Judge Stephen Kehoe indicated that CASAs are the spark of hope for children, and Magistrate Jamie Adkins thanked CASA volunteers for their wisdom, time, and thorough reports. In Dorchester County Circuit Court, Judge Brett Wilson commended CASA for stepping up and easing the way for children. Queen Anne’s Circuit Court Judge Thomas Ross said that CASA volunteers are his heroes, and Magistrate Meta remarked on the importance of CASA’s voice in difficult cases. In his remarks of welcome in Kent County Circuit Court, Judge Paul Bowman stated that “Each CASA has the power of one, to change the path and to make a positive outcome in a child’s life.”