Ensuring Children's Right to a Safe and Permanent Home!
What Is Maryland CASA?
Maryland CASA Association is the state organization for Maryland’s Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Programs. In partnership with our fifteen affiliated CASA programs, we work to ensure every victim of child abuse and neglect their right to grow up in safe and permanent homes. This mission is carried out through the efforts of professionally-trained volunteers, appointed by the court to speak up for the best interests of children who are under the protection of the courts. We hope you will join us on this mission! Whether you choose to become an advocate for a child, help with fundraising or public awareness activities, or make a financial investment in our work, we can always use your support!
TODAY in Maryland
Abused22 children will be abused, neglected or abandoned
Removed11 children will be removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect and enter foster care
WaitingApproximately 5,000 children are under court protection today awaiting safe, permanent homes. The average wait is more than three years.
As a judge, I had to make tough decisions. I had to decide whether to take a child from the only home he’s ever known, or leave him someplace where he might possibly be abused. I needed someone who could tell me what was best for that child – from the child’s viewpoint. That’s what a CASA does.
Former Superior Court Judge David Soukup
Founder of CASA