Maryland CASA

CASA of Southern Maryland

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 2205 (mailing address)
Leonardtown, MD 20650

Phone: (301) 475-6667
Fax: (301) 475-3843
Web: http://www.center-for-children.org

What is CASA of Southern Maryland?

CASA of Southern Maryland is one of 900 Court Appointed Special Advocate programs nationwide that works on behalf of abused and neglected children involved in the juvenile court system. CASA of Southern Maryland serves the children of Charles, Calvert, and St. Mary’s counties and their mission is to recruit, train and supervise volunteers to provide a voice for the best interests of abused and neglected children.

A Message From the Director:

Thank you for your interest in the CASA of Southern Maryland program. CASA of Southern Maryland believes that every child deserves to feel protected and safe, loved and supported, and most importantly, like they matter. That is what our CASA Advocates do. We look out for the best interest for each child we serve and help to secure a safe, permanent and loving home. Children with CASAs stay in the foster care system far less time than those who are not assigned a CASA. That is why it is so important to keep striving to have a CASA appointed to every child placed in foster care. With potential Advocates such as yourself, we can and will reach that goal. Thank you for your continued support.

 

What is the Need?

How Can You Help?

  • Become a CASA Volunteer
  • Become a Board Member
  • Become a Corporate Sponsor
  • Become a Friend of CASA
  • Make a Financial Contribution

Volunteer Spotlight: Joyce Craig

Joyce CraigName: 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.

Volunteer for: CASA of Charles County since October, 2014

Motivation for Becoming a CASA Volunteer: To make a difference to someone that doesn’t always have someone on their side.  My father passed when I was 12 years old, and some of his last words to me were for me to “be somebody”.  I knew that he was looking to pass on his legacy of educating and helping others.  Since that time, I have always sought ways to impact those that stand in need, those that may not have a voice, and those that need a helping hand through their current circumstances.

Current case: This is my first CASA case and I am working with a young boy born to teen parents struggling with drug addiction. They are currently sober and establishing themselves so that they can regain custody of their son. He currently resides under the guardianship of other family members.

Challenges Facing Today’s Foster Children & Youth: The main challenge I see facing today’s foster youth is aging out of the system and facing the task of navigating society without full benefit of the familial resources often taken for granted by youth not within the foster care system. I feel that life skills like applying for jobs, higher education, financial management, and self-maintenance are especially crucial for these vulnerable children as they navigate the child welfare system.