Standing up for the Kids—Court Appointed Special Advocates - Interested in Advocating for a Child?

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Interested in Advocating for a child?

To be a Court Appointed Special Advocate, a volunteer must:

Be at least 21 years of age.

Pass a background screening.

Complete 30 to 35 hours of training, which includes 3 hours of courtroom observation.

Commit to a child until his or her case has closed, or for at least one year.

Volunteer a minimum of 7 to 12 hours per month.

Care about the well-being of children.

Commit to representing a child’s best interests until the child reaches a safe, permanent home.

CASA RESOURCES

According to the Maryland CASA website, there is a particular need for more men, and African American men and women, though all demographics are welcome to volunteer.

Currently, Maryland CASA (888-833-2272; marylandcasa.org) supports 15 programs, serving 21 counties, including:

Anne Arundel CASA, Inc.: marylandcasa.org/programs/anne-arundel-county

CASA of Southern Maryland (Charles, Calvert and St. Mary’s counties): marylandcasa.org/programs/southern-maryland

CASA of the Mid-Shore (Talbot, Dorchester, Queen Anne and Kent counties): marylandcasa.org/programs/talbot-county

Voices for Children (Howard County): marylandcasa.org/programs/howard-county

—Joyce Heid

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