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Court Appointed Special AdvocatesEvery year more than half a million abused and neglected children are in need of safe, permanent, nurturing homes. Too many spend years moving from one temporary home to another, becoming victimized within a complex and overburdened system. These children are at risk for homelessness, unemployment, and even prison as adults.

That is where Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers step in. A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) represents the best interests of children in the court system. As trained advocates, Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers are appointed by judges to be a voice for these children. To learn more about CASA, visit Maryland CASA.

For Volunteers:

A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) represents the best interests of children in the court system. As trained advocates, Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers are appointed by judges to be a voice for these children. Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) gather information to present to the court about steps that will move the child’s life in a positive direction. The result is that children are placed into safe, loving, permanent homes where they can thrive.

For Professionals:

A child is assigned to a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer when the child is currently a Child In Need of Assistance (CINA) or subject of a post-TPR guardianship case, if any party in the court case may suggest the appointment of Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), or a master/judge issues a court order to activate the assignment process.

“We’re dealing with abuse and neglect in a lot of our cases. We always start with the assumption that the parents love their children. Throughout the process, we see a family healing, and eventually, we hope to see the families get back together — but only when it’s in the best interest for the children. It’s much more of an art than a science.”
   --Jennifer Fuss, CASA of Frederick County Program Coordinator

Court Appointed Special Advocates National and Regional Website

National CASA
Maryland CASA

CASA Contact Information

For more information about the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program, contact Jennifer Fuss at 301-663-0011 ext. 118.