Maryland CASA

CASA of Washington County

140 West Franklin Street, Suite 100
Hagerstown, MD 21740

Phone: 240-347-4979
Fax: (240) 347-4980
Web: http://casaofwcmd.org

What is Court Appointed Special Advocates of Washington County?

CASA of Washington County in Maryland is a member of the National CASA Association, a national network of over 950 child advocacy organizations whose mission is to advocate for the timely placement of abused and neglected children in safe and permanent homes and for the highest quality of their care while they are under the court’s jurisdiction.

CASA volunteers are everyday citizens who have undergone screening and training with their local program. Judges appoint CASA volunteers to advocate for the best interest of abused and neglected children. A CASA volunteer is paired with one child or family and stays with that child until the case is closed and the child is in a safe and permanent home. There are not enough advocates to represent all of the children in care, so judges often assign CASA volunteers to their most difficult cases.

A child with a CASA volunteer is more likely to have a consistent and responsible adult presence in their life, be adopted, have a plan for permanency, find a safe permanent home, get more help while in the system, do better in school, and spend less time in foster care. A child with a CASA volunteer is less likely to be bounced from home to home, spend time in long-term foster care, and re-enter foster care.

A Message from the Director:

Thank you for your interest in Court Appointed Special Advocates of Washington County! Washington County is not immune from child abuse and neglect. We have made a commitment — a promise to our children — to put CASA volunteers into the life of every foster child who needs one in Washington County. With your help, we will fulfill this commitment. There are many ways in which you can help us. Please contact us to learn more!

– Dave Bonebrake, Program Director

How Can You Help?

Become a CASA Volunteer
Become a Board Member
Become a Corporate Partner
Become a Friend of CASA
Make a Financial Contribution
Help with a Fund Raiser

Volunteer Spotlight: Mary Espinosa

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Name: Mary Espinosa

Service Site: Washington County Maryland

How long have you been a CASA volunteer? I have been a CASA Volunteer for 2.5 years

Work Experience outside of CASA: I have worked with Mentally Challenged, Physically Disabled individuals. I have worked in the mental health and addictions field for over eight years.

How did you hear about CASA, and what made you decide to volunteer?  I heard about CASA through Billboards in town. I thought that it sounded like something that I would enjoy doing, and it would be something that would help me give back to my community.

Describe your current case: I currently work with two young brothers, whose parents have suffered from addiction for most of their lives. The boys are placed in kinship placement and are doing very well. They are bright, bubbly individuals.

What sorts of activities do you and your CASA child/youth like to do together? We enjoy going to the playground, playing games like UNO, cars, playing hide and seek, and playing on the merry-go-round.

What is the most rewarding part of being a CASA volunteer? Being able to make a difference in other’s lives in a positive way.

What is one thing you would say to someone else interested in volunteering? It is a great opportunity, don’t miss it!

What are CASA volunteers doing to help overcome the challenges faced by today’s youth?  They are continuing to provide in service trainings regarding the challenges and the successes that surround today’s youth. Volunteers are the youth’s voice during a time that they might not have one.