Volunteer Spotlight: Leslie A. Hawes

        Age: 47 Community: Forest Hill Occupation: Attorney (Currently inactive while I raise my children) CASA Program Affiliation: Harford County Motivation for Becoming a CASA: I want to give those children who are lacking in recourses, guidance and opportunity the ability to have a single person in their lives that they can… Read more »

Runner Profile: Miss Inner Harbor United States 2016, Tracey Hirsch

I’m very excited about joining the 2015 Team CASA runners this year! Before I moved to Baltimore two years ago, I had the opportunity to work at a non-profit agency called Worcester Youth & Family Counseling Services in Berlin, MD. The agency housed a local CASA program, and I had the privilege to work with… Read more »

Volunteer Spotlight: Joyce Craig (Formerly Joyce Lewis)

Age: 48 years old Community: Charles County (Waldorf) Occupation: I am a Human Resources Evaluator.  I ensure proper hiring within a large Federal agency. CASA program affiliation: CASA of Charles County since October 2014 Motivation: To make a difference to someone that doesn’t always have someone on their side. My father passed when I was 12 years old,… Read more »

Volunteer Spotlight: Patricia Schumaker

Age: 68 CASA Program Affiliation: Lower Shore (Worcester County) since 2008 Occupation: I am a 68 year old a retired business owner. Running a business requires energy, motivation and team work.  After I retired I found CASA the perfect way to use my talents; to give back to my community and to help the unheard… Read more »

Volunteer Spotlight: Nathaniel Wallace

Age: 29 Occupation: Student Accountability Coordinator, Hyattsville Middle School CASA program affiliation: Prince George’s County Volunteer for:  Transitioning youth, youth with disabilities Motivation: When Nathaniel first came to CASA he was deeply motivated by the plight of youth with disabilities. In many ways it is excruciatingly easy to get lost in the foster care system. Without the right… Read more »

Volunteer Spotlight: Amanda Beale

Age: 25 years old Occupation: I am currently  a Student and a Mom. Volunteer for: Anne Arundel County CASA Motivation For Becoming a CASA: Since I was young I have always had a passion to help others. However, my passion became a little more specific when I entered foster care after a traumatic experience. I felt lost and… Read more »

Anne Arundel County CASA, Inc. Welcomes Special Class of Volunteers

Annapolis, Md. – Anne Arundel County CASA, Inc. swore in its 40th class of CASA volunteers on June 4th by Judge Laura Kiessling at the Anne Arundel County Circuit Courthouse. The county now has ten additional volunteers to advocate for the needs of the over 200 abused and neglected children of the county. “I am… Read more »

Lutherville man volunteers to speak out for foster children – Towson Times article

Click here for the direct link to the article. By Karen Gardner Radke, Towson Times For a child placed into foster care, having an advocate is an important part of living an improved life.Mike Meltzer, of Lutherville, can now officially help abused or neglected children in foster care to successfully navigate the system. On… Read more »

CASA of Prince George’s County is ‘Looking Out’ for LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care

Nowadays, when Ann Marie Binsner holds trainings for foster care providers on ways to provide safe environments for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender kids, there is “always the choir” of attendees who understand the need and are eager to learn. But there are still those who are “closed to the work,” as well, Binsner said… Read more »

Maryland CASA Welcomes Additions to Board of Directors

Baltimore, Md. (June 3, 2015) –Maryland Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Association has appointed two new members to its Board of Directors. Jessica Schmidt-Bonifant, a resident of White Marsh, has been appointed to assist with CASA’s fundraising endeavors. Schmidt-Bonifant is currently a Major Gifts Officer for the University of Maryland School of Dentistry and brings… Read more »