CASA spreads message of hope
EASTON — Give hope to children and advocate for them when they need it most — that was the message of CASA of the Mid-Shore’s Celebration of Children holiday luncheon Friday, Dec. 1, in Easton.
The annual luncheon is not only a way to thank everyone involved throughout the year with the children’s advocacy program, but it lends the opportunity to give attendees a glimpse into the CASA story, Executive Director Robin Davenport told the crowd in the Tidewater Inn’s Gold Room.
CASA stands for court-appointed special advocate. Called CASAs, those who volunteer with the organization are officers of the court who provide information to judges and magistrates to assist them with making decisions about the futures of vulnerable children who have been hurt, mistreated or ignored by their parents, Davenport said.
CASA of the MidShore started 27 years ago serving one county, and now ser ves four — Talbot, Dorchester, Queen Anne’s and Kent counties — and this year was able to provide a CASA for every child that needed one.
“There’s something else that the longer I’m with CASA, the more I see there’s something else that happens in the process of our work that is equally as important. It’s this intangible thing called hope,” Davenport said.
“So the children with whom we work have been hurt, mistreated or ignored by their parents, and the really sad reality about that is that they frequently believe