Deborah Blair Joins Maryland CASA Board!
TOWSON, Md. (April 2, 2015) – Maryland CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Association has appointed Deborah Blair to a two-year term on its board of directors.
“As a mother of a terrific daughter and grandmother of two adopted girls, the work that Maryland CASA does in supporting organizations working on behalf of the welfare of children is very personal to me,” Blair said.
She added, “I’m excited to be able to work with this organization so that the hope and dream that every child will have the best permanent home possible becomes a reality.”
With 10 years of experience in the accounting and finance industry, Blair is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) as well as a member of the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants (MACPA).
Blair has received the Chartered Global Management Accountant designation from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
A University of Maryland University College graduate, Blair received her Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. She resides in Ellicott City, Md. with her husband, William, and daughter, Jackie.
Maryland CASA Association is a private, non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to ensuring the rights of all victims of child abuse and neglect to grow up in safe, permanent homes. This mission is carried out in partnership with the state’s 15 Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) programs, which provide trained volunteer advocates to speak up for the best interests of children. For more information, visit www.marylandcasa.org.
To read the article on CASA of Montgomery County posted on the Gazette website, please click here!
Read the press release regarding Priority Partner’s sponsoring Maryland CASA’s first annual Foster Youth Summit. Click here to read the article!
Frederick, MD – Having completed 30 hours of classroom training and two to three hours of court observation, five volunteers will officially be able to help abused or neglected children in foster care. Click here to read entire story.
Westminster, MD – Voices for Children of Carroll County welcomes five new volunteers who have completed 30 hours of training and approximately three hours of courtroom observation; all of the volunteers are now officially able to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in foster care. Click here to read entire story.
Baltimore, MD (Nov. 20, 2014) – More than half of all foster youth in Maryland are over the age of 14. Without family or dependable adult relationships, foster youth are at a greatly increased risk of experiencing homelessness, unemployment, incarceration and illness.
To better prepare foster youth for their transition out of foster care, Maryland CASA Association will be holding its first ever Foster Youth Summit on Saturday, February 28th at the University of Maryland School of Social Work from 9:00 am until 3:30 pm.
“We have received a lot of feedback from our CASA volunteers who serve older foster youth,” said Ed Kilcullen, State Director of Maryland CASA Association. “They have increasingly expressed the need to better prepare our older youth for life after foster care, so we decided to take action and organize a summit to address those needs,” Kilcullen added.
Tyshania Campbell, Maryland CASA Intern and Towson University student displays a few items received for the toolkits
Elkton, Md. (Nov. 3, 2014) – A committee of judges, child welfare professionals, court personnel and attorneys will hold a town hall meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 13, 2014 in the Cecil County Administration Building to educate the public about plans to start a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) program to assist children who have suffered abuse and neglect.
“Cecil County is one of the only four counties in the state that does not have a CASA program,” said Ed Kilcullen, State Director of Maryland CASA Association, the non-profit organization that supports the development and growth of local CASA programs. “Our goal is for every child to have an advocate to speak up for them.”
The need for a CASA program, which trains and supervises volunteers who are appointed by the court to serve as advocates for children under court protection, is evident. In the last year, there were 1,776 reportsof suspected child abuse and neglect in Cecil County, an average of 148 reports per month, according to the Maryland Department of Human Resources.
Approximately 164 children live in out-of-home placements in Cecil County, having been removed from their homes as a result of abuse and neglect.
Maryland CASA Raises over $36,000 at Baltimore Running Festival To Support Advocacy for Children in Need
TOWSON, Md. (Oct. 27, 2014) — One hundred forty volunteers, staff members and supporters of the Maryland CASA Association and local Court Appointed Special Advocate programs participated in the 2014 Baltimore Running Festival, raising over $36,000 to continue the Association’s advocacy services for children in foster care. Ranging in age from 9-66, “Team CASA” members hailed from all over Maryland, as well as Washington, DC; Indianapolis, IN; Hamilton, NJ; Philadelphia and York, PA, and Raleigh, NC. Some of the participants included:
- Two alumni members of Kappa Alpha Theta fraternity of Federal Hill and Glen Burnie: CASA is their designated national philanthropic cause.
- A group of 12 runners (three relay teams) led by a CASA volunteer from Bethesda, MD,
- A runner from Columbia, MD,who has participated each of the six years with Team CASA,
- A 26-year-old school psychologist and top fundraiser of Federal Hill,
- A CASA volunteer, her husband and two young sons from Frederick, MD, and
- A long-term Maryland CASA board member from Annapolis, MD, who organized two relay teams.