New CASA vol­un­teers sworn in

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CENTREVILLE — On Thurs­day, Dec. 15, with the Hon­or­able Thomas G. Ross of Queen Anne’s County Cir­cuit Court pre­sid­ing, eight in­di­vid­u­als were sworn in as new Court Ap­pointed Spe­cial Ad­vo­cate vol­un­teers for chil­dren.

CASA staff and board mem­bers, as well as the fam­ily and friends of the new ad­vo­cates, gath­ered in the Queen Anne’s County Cir­cuit Court­house to sup­port the new­est Of­fi­cers of the Court, who will ad­vo­cate for the best in­ter­est of chil­dren un­der court pro­tec­tion be­cause of abuse, ne­glect or aban­don­ment.

Ross warmly wel­comed the new Court Ap­pointed Spe­cial Ad­vo­cates Kris­ten Greer, JoAnn Kowal­ski, Robert Neumer, Joyce Or­dun, Sharon Robin­son, Norm St. Lan­dau, Lau­rinda Serafin and Wil­liam Thomas, ex­press­ing his de­light that Queen Anne’s County chil­dren are now served by CASA of the Mid-Shore. Ross stressed the im­por tance of CASA’s work with chil­dren and stated that the CASA court re­ports are highly val­ued by both him­self and Mag­is­trate Jean Meta.

Court Ap­pointed Spe­cial Ad­vo­cates at­tempt to iden­tify spe­cific needs of each child for the court, ad­vo­cate for ser­vice pro­vi­sion to meet those needs, and as­sist in seek­ing a per­ma­nent res­o­lu­tion for each child’s life as quickly and safely as pos­si­ble.

Most im­por­tantly, the CASAs get to know the child and fre­quently be­come one of the most con­sis­tent adults in the child’s life. “It’s a fact that we can’t change what has al­ready hap­pened in the lives of the chil­dren that we ser ve, but we can cer­tainly af­fect the fu­ture. Our pro­gram strives to en­sure that all chil­dren un­der court pro­tec­tion due to mal­treat­ment re­ceive needed ser­vices and a safe, per­ma­nent home to as­sist them in grow­ing to their full po­ten­tial,” Robin Davenport, Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor of the CASA of the Mid-Shore.

If some­one is in­ter­ested in learn­ing more about be­com­ing a CASA vol­un­teer and the re­wards that come along with serv­ing as a voice of a child in Queen Anne’s, Kent, Tal­bot and Dorch­ester coun­ties, con­tact the CASA of­fice at 410-822-2866 or visit www.casamid­shore.org.

PHOTO BY MIKE DAVIS

The Hon­or­able Thomas G. Ross of the Queen Anne’s County Cir­cuit Court presided over the swear­ing in of eight in­di­vid­u­als who be­came Court Ap­pointed Spe­cial Ad­vo­cate vol­un­teers for chil­dren on Thurs­day, Dec. 15. Those sworn were Kris­ten Greer, JoAnn Kowal­ski, Robert Neumer, Joyce Or­dun, Sharon Robin­son, Norm St. Lan­dau, Lau­rinda Serafin and Wil­liam Thomas.

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