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 members of the community 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 volunteers 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 cares.
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 n 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.
The Washington County Maryland CASA Mission Statement
Court Appointed Special Advocates of Washington County, Maryland, Inc. will recruit, screen, train, and supervise volunteers to serve as advocates for children of adjudicated cases of child abuse and neglect to contribute positive outcomes in child, family, and community welfare in Washington County.
The Washington County Maryland CASA Vision Statement
Through partnerships and collaboration with community based, child welfare agency representatives, Court Appointed Special Advocates of Washington County, Maryland, Inc. will provide the judicial system with vital information to enhance child welfare, and Washington County children will have the opportunity to grow and develop in safe, secure, and permanent homes