CASA of Cecil County’s mission is to advocate for and support abused and neglected children in the

court system, while ensuring their right to safe, stable, permanent homes. CASA of Cecil County

achieves this mission through the work of specially trained volunteers from the community who advocate for the best interest of children, recognizing and respecting each child’s individual needs. By

providing a voice to children in the foster care system, it is our goal to help children and promote the timely placement of those we serve in safe, permanent homes.

A Message from the Director

“By sustaining and strengthening the capacity of our program and the competency of our diverse community of volunteers, CASA hopes to continue to expand until all children who have suffered from abuse and neglect and live in foster care in Cecil County are matched with CASA volunteers who will help them navigate their experience in foster care until they are placed in safe, nurturing and permanent homes.”

Executive Director: Giulia Hodge

Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children

We have a large population of foster children in our county. The CASA program (Court Appointed

Volunteers) will enable the courts to address some of the many needs of this population of children.

The purpose of CASA is for these additional representatives of the court to advocate for the safety and well-being of children removed from their home due to abuse and neglect. The CASAs themselves are volunteers who protect a child’s right to be safe, to be treated with dignity and respect, and to learn and grow in the safe environment of a loving family.”

Circuit Court Judge: Jane Murray

What is CASA of Cecil County?

CASA of Cecil County is one of the organizations in Maryland’s Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program. CASA programs, work to ensure every victim of child abuse and neglect, a right to grow up in safe and permanent homes. This mission is carried out through the efforts of professionally-trained volunteers, appointed by the court to speak up for the best interests of children who are under the protection of the courts. We hope you will join us on this mission! Whether you choose to become an advocate for a child, help with fundraising or public awareness activities, or make a financial investment in our work, we can always use your support!

CASA of Cecil County is a private, non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, incorporated in 2015 to facilitate the development and success of the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program that ensures every abused and neglected child in the county has a safe, permanent home.

Mission

CASA of Cecil County’s mission is to advocate for and support abused and neglected children in the court system, while ensuring their right to safe, stable, permanent homes. CASA of Cecil County achieves this mission through the work of specially trained volunteers from the community who advocate for the best interest of children, recognizing and respecting each child’s individual needs. By providing a voice to children in the foster care system, it is our goal to help children and promote the timely placement of those we serve in safe, permanent homes.

History

In 1977, Seattle Superior Court Judge David Soukup was concerned about trying to make decisions on behalf of abused and neglected children with very limited information. He conceived the idea of appointing community volunteers to speak up for the best interests of these children in court. He made a request for volunteers; 50 citizens responded, and that was the start of the CASA movement.
The first CASA program in Maryland started in 1987 and, since then, fourteen additional programs have started. Maryland CASA Association was incorporated in 1997 as a private, nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization, to advance the individual efforts of the local CASA programs, help to start new CASA programs where needed, and serve more of the state’s abused and neglected children. Maryland CASA officially opened its doors in 1998 and has helped to start seven new CASA programs throughout the state, expanding the number of counties served by CASA to twenty. Today, Maryland CASA continues its efforts to expand CASA’s reach to the remaining four counties in the state.
To find a CASA program near you, please click here, or to help us with our statewide efforts, click here.

To report suspected child abuse and neglect, call (410) 996-0100.

To receive parenting support, call (800) 243-7337 or click here!

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