Community Resources

In this section you will find a variety of community resources, research, tips and information on advocating for specific needs. Check back often as new resources are added frequently.

Volunteer Toolkit

Download a variety of forms that help volunteers organize and prepare for activities related to their cases.

Services 24/7

Comprehensive listing of a variety of services available in Prince George’s County, searchable by service category. 

ReMoved

Excellent film that portrays the experience of youth who are removed from their families and placed in foster care.

Transitioning Youth Resources

Transitioning Youth Resource Guide

CASA has developed a Transitioning Youth Resource Guide that provides information on a wide-range of community resource providers that can assist youth as they transition out of foster care to adulthood.

Transitioning Youth Resources

The US Department of Health and Human Services offers an array of information, resources and tips on assisting youth who are preparing to transition out of foster care and into independence.


Finding Jobs & Apprenticeships

The Maryland Workforce Exchange is a great resource to help find a job along with several tools and other resources such as Job Seeker Solutions: Creating a Resume, Career & Workforce Information and more!

The Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation has a variety of services for job seekers, including resources specifically for youth 14-21 years old. 

MGM National Harbor frequently posts new job openings.  

Keeping Youth Safe

Mandated Reporter Law

Resource for understanding Maryland’s Mandated Reporter guidelines and procedure

Teen Dating Violence Resources

The Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children, Youth and Families has put together this resource guide dealing with Teen Dating Violence.

Identity Theft Protection

Every year, thousands of youth who are aging out of foster care find out they have been victims of identify theft and must work to clear their credit histories. Help your foster youth start off on the right track by making sure their identity and information are protected.

Social Media Safety Tips

Tips for keeping foster kids safe online.

A Guide to Bullying and Cyber-bullying

Definitions, effects of bullying and cyber-bullying and preventative measures. 

You can also view an in-service training session on protecting youth from cyber-bullying here

A Student’s Guide to Recognizing and Reporting Cyber Crime

Explanations of cyber-bulling, reporting tools and additional resources.

Working with LGBTQ Youth

The LGBTQ Resource Guide

A guide for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and questioning youth in the Prince George’s County/Washington DC Metro areas. CASA is a proud founding member of the Prince George’s County LGBTQ Youth Task Force, which created the guide.

PFLAG Prince George’s County

PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) has two support groups in Prince George’s County. These groups are for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning individuals, and their family and friends. Support groups are led by trained facilitators.

Supporting your LGBTQ Youth: A Guide for Foster Parents

The Child Welfare Information Gateway provides a resource guide that includes information on the special needs of LGBTQ youth in the child welfare system and tips on making your home a welcoming place for LGBTQ foster youth.

Webinar on Supporting Permanency

The webinar discusses serving both LGBTQ youth in care and prospective LGBT foster and adoptive families. Presenters share ways to achieve permanency and promote a sense of community and connectedness for youth who identify as LGBTQ. The webinar also focuses on what agencies, front-line staff, and families can do to welcome, understand, accept, and better support the needs of these youth.

LGBTQ Student Guide

Definitions, information for parents, foster parents, youth themselves and educators.  Also provides information for college-bound LGBTQ youth including tips on picking an LGBTQ-friendly campus, course selection and scholarships.   

Addiction Resources for LGBTQ

Substance use disorders often occur at higher rates in the LGBTQ+ community, who unfortunately face additional obstacles, including being denied substance abuse treatment because of their sexual identity. This site provides a variety of tools and resources for seeking treatment.

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Resources for LGBTQ Youth in Out-of-Home Care (web section)

American Psychological Association

Answers to Your Questions About Transgender People, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression

Lambda Legal 

Getting Down to Basics (toolkit)

SAMHSA

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Two-Spirit (LGBTQI2-S) Resource Toolkit

Best Colleges

bestcolleges.com has released a helpful resource guide for LGBTQ students on finding a college with a supportive environment.

Important Contact Information and MD Regulations

The Maryland Community Services Locator

The MDCSL was developed as a centralized tool for Maryland service providers and the public to locate a comprehensive listing of community services, including maps and driving directions to locations.

COMAR Online

Volunteers can access the Code of Maryland Regulations online which includes regulations regarding child welfare and foster care.

Prince George’s County Department of Health and Human Services

List of important phone numbers for offices and partners. Volunteers can easily print or email the file to the families they work with.

Prince George’s County Website

State of Maryland Website

Working with and Advocating for Specific Needs

Parenting a Child Who has been Sexually Abused

A guide for foster and adoptive parents parenting a child who has been sexually abused. Includes information about sexual abuse and guidelines for developing privacy and safety rules for the house.

Helping a Child who’s Parent Is Incarcerated

Tools from Sesame Street to help young children who have a parent who is incarcerated.

Advocating for Pregnant and Parenting Teens

Understanding the legal rights of the youth you work with is one way to help address these challenges. Healthy Teen Network and the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law collaborated to provide answers to some common questions practitioners face when advocating for pregnant and parenting teens. The answers can be helpful in your advocacy efforts.

Advocating for Your CASA Child’s Educational Needs

Print out the most recent copy copy of the Handbook For Kids in Care as well as this brochure concerning the Educational Rights of Children in Care.

Check out the Prince George’s County Public Schools official website will help CASA volunteers advocate for their CASA child’s educational needs.
Volunteers can quickly access the PGCPS School Calendar, the PGCPS Attendance Handbook, and the Schoolmax Family Portal User Guide.
Also, you can keep up with your CASA child’s progress: CHECK GRADES NOW!

Resources for Foster Care Youth

United Friend of the Children– has a variety of resources available including resources for transitioning youth and a list of foster care youth scholarships.

Foster Club

Foster Club is an excellent resource for foster youth to connect with other foster youth and learn about ways to get involved in their community or take on leadership roles.

Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative

This initiative focuses on successful transitions to adulthood for older youth and provides a variety of resources and opportunities.

Research and Additional Resources

The National CASA Association also has a list of helpful resources, tips and organizations that you can turn to for help.

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Connects professionals and the general public to timely, essential information and resources targeted to the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families.

Volunteers can download helpful information like the Home Alone, which helps parents make wise decisions when leaving children home alone.

Volunteers can also print out a brochure funded by the State of Maryland Governor’s Office for Children, Youth and Families called “What’s the Buzz on When Your Child Can Be Left Alone”. which addresses “supervision neglect” in the state of Maryland.

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is dedicated to treating and improving the quality of life for children, adolescents, and families affected by these disorders. The AACAP also developed Facts for Families to provide concise and up-to-date information on issues that affect children, teenagers, and their families. After downloading the files, CASA Volunteers can print and distribute the PDF files as needed.

Trauma

Results of a study conducted on trauma experienced by foster youth and recommendations on trauma-informed approach to working with foster youth.

Youth Engagement

Recommendations on how to develop authentic youth-adult partnerships with your foster youth.

Long-term Consequences of Child Abuse

A fact sheet on the emotional and physical impact of child abuse.

Enduring Assets

Findings on a study on the financial lives of youth transitioning from foster care to adulthood.

Verizon Hopeline

The Verizon Hopeline collects no-longer used wireless phones and accessories and turns them into support for domestic violence organizations nationwide. Hopeline has donated hundreds of thousands of phones and awarded millions of dollars in cash grants to partner agencies.

Disability Remodeling 

Provides information on grants available to assist in remodel to create accessible homes and other spaces.