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Maryland CASA Association has appointed Tom Ainsley to a two-year term on its board of directors

“I wanted to find a place where I could make a difference in the lives of children by ensuring a safe, nurturing environment where they can learn and grow,” Ainsley said. Read More.

Foster Teen Gets First ‘Real’ Thanksgiving With Adoptive Family

This Thanksgiving, the table at Ara and Robert Hunt’s house will be a little more crowded. The couple, who have four children from past relationships and three kids they adopted together, will welcome one more to the holiday feast: Seth Miller, who, at 19, is the newest member of the Hunt family. Never underestimate the… Read more »

Baltimore can do better for its foster youth [Letter]

Your report about Baltimore City foster care youth sent to earn high school diplomas at Philadelphia’s Crooked Places Christian academy “made straight” a dilemma that the City Council’s Education Committee and its partners have long anticipated and struggled to resolve (“Baltimore foster care youths get diploma in a day in Philadelphia,” Nov. 23). Read More.

Ten Volunteers Sworn In as Baltimore CASAs

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Baltimore, Inc. welcomes 10 new volunteers this month, who have completed 30 hours of training and approximately three hours of courtroom observation. Read More

Standing up for Children

Easton Resident Susan Piggott was named Caroline County “Volunteer of the Year” and received a governor’s service award. Read Full Article.

Maryland lacks alternative education options

A recent article, “Baltimore foster care youths get diploma in a day in Philadelphia,” Nov. 24) describing the referral of youths in foster care to a high school diploma program in Pennsylvania, highlights one of the glaring deficiencies in Maryland’s educational programs — the lack of educational options for students in high school. While Maryland… Read more »

Award-Winning Author Tom North Pledges Support to End Child Abuse

North Becomes Official Supporter of National Court Appointed Special Advocates SEATTLE, Nov. 27, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The National CASA Association has announced that award-winning author Tom North has become an official supporter of the organization and its work to put caring adult volunteers in the lives of abused and neglected children. North is supporting… Read more »

Arizona debacle spotlights child-welfare agencies

PHOENIX (AP) — A scandal in which 6,000 child-abuse complaints in Arizona were filed away and never investigated illustrated what advocates say is a tragically common problem across the U.S.: Many child-protection agencies have crushing workloads and inadequate oversight. Read More.

Team CASA

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Team CASA Runners

Read about Lauren Kensky of Fells Point in the Baltimore Sun here and watch her interview on The List here. Read about Maryland CASA Board member Sandra-Lynn Berson and her “Team Heidi” in the Potomac Patch.