Maryland CASA

CASA of the Mid-Shore

1 S. Washington Street, Suite 2.
Easton, MD 21601

Phone: (410) 822-2866
Fax: (410) 820-6620
Web: http://www.casamidshore.org

What is CASA of the Mid Shore?

CASA of the Mid-Shore advocates for children who are under the protection of the Circuit Courts of Talbot, Dorchester, Queen Anne’s, and Kent Counties due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. Court Appointed Special Advocate’s (CASA) are officers of the court and, as such, make assessments and recommendations to the judge regarding the best interest of the child to whom they are appointed. We are committed to serving as many children as possible who have been maltreated and who desperately need someone to stand by their side to speak up for their needs, safety, and permanence.

A Message from the Executive Director

I thank you for your interest in CASA of the Mid-Shore. With your help, we can fulfill our mission to provide a CASA volunteer to every child who needs one by his or her side, continuing our work to help ensure that every child is safe and loved. Please visit our website to learn more about how you make a difference not only today, but also for the future health of the children and our region. On behalf of the Board of Directors, our volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates, our staff, and the children we serve, I thank you for caring about our communities’ children.

Robin Davenport – Executive Director

What is the need?

In an ideal world, CASA services wouldn’t be necessary because children would not be abused, neglected, or abandoned. The sobering reality is there are many children across our country and in our local communities who are terribly mistreated or ignored by the very adults responsible for nurturing them. Those are the children who need CASA services. We continue to build our program in order to do everything that we can so that every child who needs a Court Appointed Special Advocate by his or her side gets one.

Volunteer Spotlights

James PinkettName: James Pinkett

Community: Dorchester County

Occupation: Retired Delmarva Power and NRG

CASA program affiliation: CASA of the Mid-Shore

Volunteer for: almost 1 year

Motivation: I chose to be a CASA volunteer so I could offer a child hope, trust and safety. Once a child begins to feel hopeful, they can start to dream about their future.

What is your role as a CASA volunteer:  I am a friend that cares about the child’s well-being, his situation and his future. I am there for him; always nearby, to spend time, to listen, to talk. Over time that sets a child at ease and they begin to relax. That’s how I build trust.


 

Blair Burns-PotterName: Blair Burns Potter

Community: Talbot County

CASA program affiliation: CASA of the Mid-Shore

Volunteer for: 2 years

Motivation: One of the most important things a CASA does is to be physically present in the many situations where a child needs help, guidance, or simply moral support. Just being there with the child, time after time, builds trust.

What would you tell a friend considering becoming a CASA volunteer: Being a CASA volunteer requires compassion, a willingness to learn, and persistence. The need for compassion is obvious; like all children, they need loving care in a stable, permanent home. Until such a home is found, CASAs help fill the need for love and stability.

CASA Mid Shore: Serving Our Most Vulnerable Clients -- Our Kids