Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things To Support Abused Children
All children deserve to be safe, and treated with respect and dignity. All children have a right to a loving home where they can rebuild friendships and learn and grow. This isn’t just important; it is a fundamental obligation of our society to protect the rights and needs of our children during the most vulnerable time in their lives.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)/Prince George’s County trains and supports highly trained adult volunteers that advocate for children in the foster care system. We fight for their rights and needs until they are in safe, loving, permanent homes. A CASA volunteer is very often the only adult a child has been able to rely upon in their entire lives. It’s that simple-a qualified, caring adult can not only change a child’s story, it can change everything.
It’s also incredibly effective. When a child has access to a CASA volunteer, they are half as likely to languish in the foster care and child welfare system, and that much more likely to find a safe, loving home. But today we only have the resources to help about 40% of the children in our foster care system. That means more than 300 go through the system every year without the hope a CASA volunteer can provide. In order to meet the needs of the juvenile court, even more volunteers must be recruited, trained and supported by a professional staff.
There are many ways to support CASA/Prince George’s County. Your contribution of time, treasure, or talent can all help to Change a Child’s Story.
Make a tax deductible gift. You can make a donation through our secure server by clicking here or by sending a check to: 6811 Kenilworth Avenue, Suite 402 Riverdale, MD 20737. For planned giving, stock or bond transfers call Ann Marie Binsner at 301-209-0491.
Children in foster care who have aCASA volunteer are more likely to succeed in school and adjust to change. And they’re half as likely to re-enter the foster care system later. By getting involved with CASA, you can make all the difference for a child who has experienced abuse or neglect in you community. Get involved, and change a child’s story.