CASA of the Mid-Shore trains new vol­un­teer ad­vo­cates

Dorchester Star - - NEWS -

CAM­BRIDGE — On the first evening of Pre-Ser­vice Train­ing for CASA of the Mid-Shore, Tal­bot County Cir­cuit Court Mag­is­trate Jamie Ad­kins, Dorch­ester County Cir­cuit Court Mag­is­trate Daryl Wal­ters, and Queen Anne’s County Cir­cuit Court Mag­is­trate Jean Meta praised the value of this lo­cal CASA pro­gram to the new­est class of prospec­tive Court Ap­pointed Spe­cial Ad­vo­cates Vol­un­teers.

The mag­is­trates said they rely on the writ­ten re­ports and rec­om­men­da­tions from CASA vol­un­teers as to what their ap­pointed chil­dren need, and they em­pha­sized the many pos­i­tive outcomes for chil­dren when CASA is by their side.

CASA’s Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor Robin Daven­port thanked the mag­is­trates for their par­tic­i­pa­tion in the train­ing class.

“Lo­cal chil­dren ben­e­fit from the skilled and thought­ful ap­proach that our mag­is­trates take in these im­por­tant cases,” Daven­port said. “CASA vol­un­teers help our courts de­ter­mine what ser­vices will help chil­dren heal from mal­treat­ment, and we pro­vide im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion that helps im­prove outcomes for the chil­dren. For many chil­dren who are un­der court pro­tec­tion, their CASA vol­un­teer may be the only con­stant dur­ing a fright­en­ing and un­cer­tain time.”

Af­ter com­plet­ing in-depth Pre-Ser­vice Train­ing, CASA of the Mid-Shore’s new­est vol­un­teers will be sworn in as of­fi­cers of the Cir­cuit Courts for Tal­bot, Dorch­ester, Queen Anne’s, and Kent coun­ties. For more in­for­ma­tion about CASA’s ser­vices to chil­dren, visit www.casamid­shore.org or con­tact the CASA of­fice at 410-8222866.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Along with the Honor­able Jamie Ad­kins, the Honor­able Jean Meta, and the Honor­able Daryl Wal­ters prospec­tive new CASA vol­un­teers pose with CASA train­ing fa­cil­i­ta­tors fol­low­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion by the mag­is­trates dur­ing the first evening of CASA of the Mid-Shore’s Pre-Ser­vice Train­ing classes.

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