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.
Towson, MD. (Oct. 7, 2014) Maryland CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Association – 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 – presented Sunsets & Safe Harbors, its third annual fundraising gala, Saturday, September 6th, aboard The USS Constellation in Baltimore.
Chaired by Angela Lunczynski-Hamilton (Maryland CASA board member and procurement manager for Coca Cola Refreshments, USA),the event drew 150 guests for a night of dinner, dancing and near 360 degree views of Baltimore’s historic harbor.
Director of Promotions and Special Events, Laura Givens, worked with Maryland CASA to secure the use of the Constellation at a discounted rate. “The USS Constellation made for an amazing back drop for the 2014 Sunsets and Safe Harbors event,” said Lunczynski-Hamilton. “Mother Nature gave us a bit of a fit, but people really seemed to take it in stride.” Topping the list of sponsors supporting the 2014 Sunsets and Safe Harbors Event were Atlantic Remodeling Group (Tall Ships Sponsor) and Johns Hopkins University & Medicine (Clipper Ships Sponsor), both of whom contributed to the event’s success.
TOWSON, Md. – Maryland CASA Association has elected the following individuals to serve as officers on its board of directors:
President: Lisa A. Lunghofer, Ph.D.
Vice President: Chris Sachse
Treasurer: Kris DeLisle, CPA
Secretary: Francha Davis
““I’m thrilled that three of our officers, and three additional board members, have agreed to serve another term – and we welcome Chris Sachse as our new Vice President,” said Ed Kilcullen, Maryland CASA State Director. “We have made great progress over the past two years under Dr. Lunghofer’s leadership and I look forward to our continued work together in the year ahead as we build our capacity to serve more children in need.”
President: Lisa A. Lunghofer, Ph.D. – The Executive Director of Making Good Work, Lunghofer has over 21 years experience conducting research and evaluation in the area of children’s exposure to violence, including studies of children involved with the child welfare system.
“I am honored to be elected to a third term as President of the Maryland CASA board of directors. We have made great strides over the past few years, particularly with respect to recruiting a cadre of talented and dedicated board members. I look forward to working with our State Director and my fellow board members to build on our success to date and continue to expand support for CASA programs statewide, providing even more children in need with advocates,” Lunghofer said.
A Maryland CASA board member since 2008, Lunghofer previously served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate in Montgomery County and Durham, N.C. She resides in Gaithersburg’s Kentlands community.
▪ Vice President: Chris Sachse – The principal and co-founder of Horsetail Technologies, Sachse has over 15 years industry experience. He received his Master in Leadership and Bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame of Maryland.
“I have a strong desire to give back to the Maryland community and am passionate about family rights, “ Sachse said. “As I was researching opportunities to give back, I came across Maryland CASA and was excited by their mission.”
Sachse also teaches classes, provides internships and mentors students in the YearUp program in Baltimore and Washington, D.C., which helps urban young adults enter the professional workforce.
Chris and his wife Jordon welcomed their first child at the end of 2013.
▪ Treasurer: Kris DeLisle – DeLisle recently joined the board and brings 25 years of experience and financial acumen as a valuable asset to the mission and work of the Maryland CASA Association. “The more people know about this organization, the more children will receive the important benefits of having a CASA,” she explained.
DeLisle is a Certified Public Accountant and the owner of KCD Consulting and with her partner, Brogan & DeLisle Consulting, LLC.
She resides in Ellicott City with her husband, Stewart J. DeLisle. The couple have three adult children.
▪ Board Secretary: Francha Davis – Davis has worked for CASA of Montgomery County for 23 years and been its executive director for the past 13 years. A Maryland CASA board member since July 2012, she also serves on the Program Committee.
A member of Montgomery County’s Children’s Action Team and the County’s Disproportionate Minority Contact Committee, Davis has chaired the Montgomery County Juvenile Justice Commission and its Community and Legislative Relations Committee.
The Gaithersburg resident previously chaired the Alfred D. Noyes Children’s Center Advisory Board and served on the Montgomery Community Television Board of Directors.
“CASA programs continue to make a huge difference in the lives of so many children across the state. Maryland CASA’s support and leadership is critical to that success,” commented Davis.
Maryland CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Association is also pleased to announce the appointment for two-year terms on the Board of Directors the following:
▪ Charmayne Anderson – After two decades of experience in government affairs representing public agencies and nonprofits, Anderson recently formed CB Anderson Partners, LLC. She will provide public policy and advocacy services as well as strategic planning and resource development services. Anderson previously served as managing partner for The Ferguson Group.
She earned both a bachelor’s degree and an MPA from George Mason University.
“I was motivated to serve on the Maryland CASA board in memory of my younger sister who was adopted into my family after living in foster care for years due to abuse and neglect by her biological mother,” Anderson said.
With memberships in Women in Government Relations and the Women’s Transportation Seminar, Anderson also volunteers at Stop Child Abuse Now of Northern Virginia and is active in the Washington Redskins Cheerleader Alumni Association. She resides in Laurel with her husband, Brent, and their four children.
▪ Sandra-Lynn Berson – Berson, who earned a bachelor’s and honors degree in history from the University of Cape Town, SA, and her CPA certification in the US, has volunteered with CASA for three years. She has worked with the same three foster children the entire time.
“I saw what a wonderful organization CASA is and wanted to improve the lives of children- in-need, while at the same time bring attention to what CASA can do to help children in the foster care system” said Berson.
Active in the Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse and Har Shalom Congregation, she resides in Potomac with her husband, Wayne. The couple has three children in college, the eldest of which is entering her final year towards a MSW degree with which she wants to use to work with underprivileged children through theater.
▪ Angela Lunczynski-Hamilton – Lunczynski-Hamilton works for Coca-Cola Refreshments, with over 20 years of experience as a Procurement and Supply Chain professional. The Guilford resident also serves on the Board of Managers for her community. She is a former Vice President, a current board member and the Chair for the annual fund raising gala, “Sunsets and Safe Harbors” held this year on September 6th on the USS Constellation.
“The goal of this event is not only to raise funds but to help increase awareness,” Angela says, “Although my beginnings were relatively humble, I’ve always felt extremely blessed. The foundation that my family provided for me has allowed me enormous opportunity to grow and live a pretty great life.” CASAs help children in need find their place, and find people to help build their foundation, it just seemed like the perfect place to try to give back a little.”
About Maryland CASA
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’s15 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.
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TOWSON, Md. (August 14, 2014) – Maryland Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Association has appointed Akisha Townsend Eaton to a two-year term on the organization’s board of directors.
Eaton will a valuable asset to the mission and work of the Maryland CASA Association.
“As a board member I am enthused about helping every Marylander learn about CASA and the important work it does on behalf of children,” says Eaton.
Eaton currently works at World Animal Net where she is the Senior Policy and Legal Resource Advisor.
She has also been a part of the Diversity Subcommittee, the Animal Law Committee and the Vice-Chair for the American Bar Association, as well as an Associate Fellow for the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics.
Eaton currently resides in Howard County with her husband Jack Eaton.
She already has an understanding of Maryland CASA, its mission and its work, since she was an Intern for Kentucky CASA before.
“I firmly believe that the voices of all children, but especially those in vulnerable situations need to be heard” says Eaton about what motivated her to serve on Maryland CASA’s Board of Directors.
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.
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The Anne Arundel CASA has hired two new staff members to fill two vacant part-time case supervisor positions–Christine Acton and Libby Black. Christine has a Masters in Social Work and ten years of experience in the field of child welfare, and Libby has a Bachelors in Psychology and four years of experience in the field of child welfare.
Rebecca Tingle, Executive Director of the Anne Arundel CASA noted, “we are very pleased to have these two dynamic, passionate new staff members!”
EASTON — CASA of Talbot and Dorchester Counties officially expanded its program services on July 1 to include abused and neglected children in Queen Anne’s and Kent counties. To better reflect all the counties being served, the program has changed its name to CASA of the Mid-Shore and will now serve children in need of assistance in Talbot, Dorchester, Queen Anne’s and Kent counties under one unified organization. [Read Full Story]
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