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129 children had a CASA volunteer standing by their side last year, ensuring their voices were heard and their needs were met. But another 90 children go it alone. You can change that. Donate to Anne Arundel County CASA - help us reach every child. Read more...

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The Silenced Voices of Foster Care

Standing Left to Right: Christine Acton, Rebecca Tingle and Nikki Yapi
Seated Left to Right: Tracey Lane, Geri Finio and Mary Ellen Barnes

In the Fall of last year, we at CASA were given a wonderful opportunity to be part of a very special project. After over 200+ hours of work, 15+ yards of fabric, batting, and skilled embroidery, 12 current foster youth were provided a medium to share their experiences in foster care through a quilt.
 
The Silenced Voices of Foster Care Quilt© was created by Ms. Geri Finio, a lifelong hand-embroiderer and sewing enthusiast with a love for the many mediums of stitchery and a critical eye for detail.
 
"I created the quilt so that some of Anne Arundel County's abused and neglected children could have a way to express what they were feeling about their experiences in care," commented Finio, owner of Studio 187 located in Edgewater. "Sometimes these children can't come right out and say how they are feeling, so art is a good way for them put it all out there and begin the healing process," she added.
 
A select number of CASA volunteers were asked to accompany their child to pick out fabrics for the quilt. Each child was encouraged to pick fabrics that were meaningful to them. Then the children traced their hand on the fabric. As CASA volunteers talked with their children about their experience in foster care, they made a note of what each child said.
 
With the fabric, traced hands and thoughts from our children, Geri painstakingly began the process of piecing together the quilt. Through this beautiful piece of artwork, "The Silenced Voices of Foster Care" are no longer silenced.  Geri Finio © 2016
 

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SAVE THE DATE

Someone To Watch Over Me

Class #43

Top Row (left to right): Michel Dzaringa, Victoria Tross, Lesley Pattison, Nikki Brochetti, Beth Nolan, and Elizabeth Britt
Bottom Row (left to right): Gina Wrobel, Hannah Thomas, Joanna Goodwin, Judge Laura Kiessling, Jacqueline Grazette, Carissa Byrd, and Kelly Liston
Not Shown: Khadja Abdur-Rahman and Stacey Permenter

Class #43 just graduated 14 new members on May 31, 2016.  Honorable Laura S. Kiessling presided. Our next CASA training class is scheduled for Tuesday, September 13, 2016.   You have been thinking about becoming a CASA for a long time - the time is now!  VOLUNTEER NOW and replace a life of hurt with one of hope!  

 

13th Annual Linda Gregory Volunteer Appreciation Event

Eastport Yacht Club

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Photos Courtesy of KRR Photography, LTD

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On April 14, 2016 over 70 CASA volunteers, board members, staff and their families attended the 13th Annual CASA Volunteer Appreciation Reception. We are grateful to our host, the Eastport Yacht Club, for catering a fabulous event. It was a wonderful evening of gratitude for our brilliant volunteers. Thank you again to everyone that came out and thank you again to all our volunteers; we wouldn't be successful without you! For more pictures from the event, visit the CASA Facebook page!

Every day in this country, 1,900 children become victims of abuse or neglect, and four of them will die. Every day. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children is a network of 951 community-based programs that recruit, train and support citizen-volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in courtrooms and communities. Volunteer advocates—empowered directly by the courts—offer judges the critical information they need to ensure that each child’s rights and needs are being attended to while in foster care.

Volunteers stay with children until they are placed in loving permanent homes. For many abused children, a CASA volunteer is the only constant adult presence in their lives.

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June 18, 2016:  Maryland CASA Association Foster Youth Summit - Learn More

October 15, 2016:  Join Team CASA - Baltimore Running Festival - Learn More