Maryland CASA

Lower Shore CASA

c/o Worcester Youth & Family Counseling Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 925
Berlin, MD 21811

Phone: (410) 641-4598
Fax: (410) 641-4696

What is Lower Shore CASA?

Lower Shore CASA is a program of Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services, Inc., a non-profit organization. The CASA program was started in 2002 to try and effectively reach all abused and neglected children in Worcester County. It is our duty to ensure that the children have safe, permanent and loving homes. With the service of 111 volunteers Lower Shore CASA has been able to help 278 children.

A Message from the Director

Thank you for your interest in Lower Shore CASA and for wanting to help the children in Worcester County. I am pleased to announce that we are currently serving every child in Worcester County who is involved with the court system due to abuse or neglect. I want to continue to give every single child a volunteer and the support they need. With your help and commitment we can work together and provide for the children. Please contact us for more information on how you can help today!

Brigitte Southworth, Director

What is the need?

  • 37 Children are under court protection as a result of abuse and neglect
  • 59 Children have been served by Lower Shore CASA in the past year
  • 7 Children are in need of CASA volunteers
  • The program is in need of volunteers, especially Male Volunteers and African American Volunteers

How can you help?

  • Become a Court Appointed Special Advocate
  • Help with a Fundraiser
  • Support the program financially

What Does a CASA Volunteer Do?

Gather Facts though independent research

Make Recommendations in a written court report to the judge

Give Oral Testimony in court, upon request

Ensure court-ordered services are provided in a timely manner

Provide Emotional Support to the child during stressful court proceedings and beyond

Christie Menning, Volunteer for Lower Shore CASA (Worcester County)


Taking a trip to the zoo. Dressing up and going trick-or-treating. Window shopping at the local mall. These are just a few of the activities that parents do with their children. For a child in foster care, however, they often have no one to do these things with them.

That is where a CASA volunteer comes in. In this volunteer spotlight we feature Christie Menning, a CASA from the Lower Shore program.

Read more here