“Foster youth are at a greatly increased risk for homelessness, unemployment, unplanned pregnancy, domestic violence and substance abuse,” says Ed Kilcullen, state director of Maryland CASA Association. “A significant part of the problem is that these older kids generally do not have dependable relationships with responsible, reliable adults.” Read More
For the first time since 2011, 5-year-old Kahlyssa and her 3-year-old brother, D.J., will celebrate Christmas with their parents. Read More.
“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.
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 power of a CASA. Read More.
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.
Easton Resident Susan Piggott was named Caroline County “Volunteer of the Year” and received a governor’s service award. Read Full Article.
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 may have the highest ranking school system in the nation, its one-size-fits all approach to educating high school students leaves many of our most at-risk students without reasonable options for securing a high school diploma. Read more
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 National CASA by donating 10% of the retail price of each signed copy sold from his website of his new memoir, True North—The Shocking Truth about “Yours, Mind and Ours,” to help increase the number of trained CASA volunteers across the country. Read More
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.