BALTIMORE−Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Baltimore, Inc., will be hosting information sessions throughout the month of June. The information sessions will introduce community members to the CASA program, the role of the CASA volunteer and the importance of becoming a CASA volunteer to advocate for an abused or neglected child. The sessions will be held on the following dates:
CASA of Baltimore is seeking members of the community who are age 21 or older to serve as advocates for foster youth in Baltimore City. No special experience is needed to become a CASA volunteer. After applying, the prospective volunteer will undergo screening and extensive training before being appointed by the court to a child’s case.
“My years of experience as a teacher, supervisor, and principal in an urban school environment motivated me to become a CASA volunteer,” said Rhoda Jones, a Baltimore City CASA Volunteer since December of 2008. “Abused and neglected children need to know that CASA cares and is committed to being their advocate,” said Jones. “We need more volunteers to advocate for these children,” she added.
About CASA of Baltimore
Founded in 1988, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Baltimore, Inc. serves abused and neglected children by representing their voices in the Baltimore City court system and advocating for their best interests in the judicial, educational, medical and social service communities. The non-profit recruits, trains and supervises CASAs to provide written, objective recommendations to the Court; to serve as a consistent adult presence, and to monitor that child’s well-being. As advocates, the volunteers ensure that their assigned child’s best interests are heard and understood by the Court. CASA volunteers aid in the transition from the foster care system to a safe permanent home, giving hope and support to Baltimore’s children. For more information, visit www.casabalt.org. Outside of Baltimore, visit www.marylandcasa.org.