CASA accepting volunteer applications
CAMBRIDGE — CASA of the Mid-Shore is accepting applications from residents of Dorchester, Talbot, Queen Anne’s, and Kent counties who are interested in becoming a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer.
Working with CASA of the Mid-Shore, volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates give their time, energy and their compassion in an effort to create real, lasting and positive change for local children. All Talbot, Dorchester, Queen Anne’s, and Kent County children served by CASA of the Mid-Shore are under the protection of the court due to abuse, neglect or abandonment.
CASA said the children face major barriers during their journeys to safe, permanent homes, often changing schools and placements multiple times. CASA said every child deserves individual advocacy regarding their best interest, which is where CASA comes in.
CASA volunteers are assigned to work with one child at a time. CASA volunteers research their appointed child’s background, get to know the child, identify the child’s needs, attend court hearings and make recommendations to assist the judge in making decisions that are in the child’s best inter est. CASA closely follows the case to ensure that each child receives needed services with the ultimate goal of seeing the child placed in a safe, permanent home.
“I am there for my appointed child; always nearby, to spend time, to listen, to talk,” said CASA Volunteer and Dorchester County native James Pinkett. “I am a friend that cares about his well being, his situation and his future.
“Over time, that sets a child at ease and he begins to relax,” he said. “That’s how I build trust. My heart really smiles when I know he is doing well, I see him begin to feel hopeful; only then can he can start to dream about his future. To me, to lift up a child’s life is to offer hope, trust and safety — only then can he begin to believe in a positive future.”
For more information, visit www.casamidshore.org or call Volunteer Coordinator Jane Crawford at 410-8222866, ext. 6.