Court Appointed Special Advocate -CASA- Prince Georges County, Inc.

Change a Child's Story

aka CASA/ Prince George's County   |   Riverdale, MD   |  www.pgcasa.org

Mission

Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)/ Prince George's County, Inc. is a volunteer-based organization that partners with the juvenile court to improve the lives of abused and neglected children living in foster care.  With a strong commitment to diversity, CASA trains and supervises 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 promote the timely placement of the children we serve in safe, permanent homes.

Ruling year info

1992

Executive Director

Ms. Ann Marie Foley Binsner

Deputy Director

Kara Bundy

Main address

6811 Kenilworth Avenue Suite 402

Riverdale, MD 20737 USA

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EIN

52-1772617

NTEE code info

Child Abuse, Prevention of (I72)

Protection Against and Prevention of Neglect, Abuse, Exploitation (I70)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

When a child is so severely abused—left with bruises and broken bones after wetting the bed; neglected—left home alone for days to care for younger siblings; or molested someone they should have been able to trust, the County removes the child from their family. They are then thrust into the foster care system: sent to live with strangers and suddenly expected to trust unfamiliar lawyers, social workers and therapists. That’s where CASA comes in. CASA is a volunteer-based organization that partners with the Juvenile Court to improve the lives of abused and neglected children in foster care. Though it is the wealthiest African-American majority county in the country, Prince George’s County has high incidents of poverty and is troubled by one of the lowest ranked school systems in the state, and half of all households are run by single parents. Our work breaks the cycle of generational abuse and poverty through the stability we create for our County’s youth.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Child advocacy

CASA's primary work is to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children. Each case is assigned to a CASA volunteer, who takes on the case of only one child at a time, and gathers information used to develop an independent report containing recommendations to the Juvenile Court as to the child's best interest.  CASA volunteers are trained and supervised by professional staff that each supervises the work of no more than 30 volunteers to ensure a high level of support and professional services to the children served by CASA volunteers.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

CASA seeks to improve outcomes for older foster care youth preparing to transition out of care to independence by providing additional training and support to our volunteers and staff working with youth preparing for emancipation.  Through this program, we are advocating for effective transition planning and ensuring that youth are stably housed and ready to live independently when their cases close.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
At-risk youth
Low-income people
Homeless people

Volunteers are matched with families for whom reunification is a realistic family and advocate for the entire family to receive appropriate services and supports. Volunteers help to expedite the reunification process while maintaining the child's best interest as paramount.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

CASA is increasing our outreach and using new methods to recruit volunteers who can meet youths’ needs, including bilingual volunteers. CASA volunteers are members of the community who live throughout Prince George’s County and the DMV. Because we assign each volunteer to only one child or family, the only way we can serve all 500 youth in care is to recruit more volunteers and retain the volunteers we have.
The racial reckoning that has been taking place across our country has highlighted a need to critically examine the biased roots of the child welfare system. Disproportionality is the most obvious current byproduct of these roots and an aspect that CASA has always sought to bring attention to and address. However, we are working to dig deeper into the impact of the socioeconomic factors, visibility bias and implicit bias that cause disproportionality and the consequences of family removal on black and brown families. We seek to continue our efforts to reduce implicit bias among our staff and volunteers and go further in advocating for culturally competent care while in foster care as well as continuing to advocate for services that rebuild families and lead to permanency.

Population(s) Served
Multiracial people
People of African descent
People of Latin American descent
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Awards

Governor’s Citation for improving the lives of abused and neglected children 2004

Governor's Office

Governor’s Victim Assistance Award: Outstanding Volunteer Contribution to Victim Services 2006

Governor's Office

Diversity Leadership Award 2006

National CASA Association

Bridge Builder's Award 2009

Prince George's County Community Foundation

CASA Program Director of the Year 2013

National CASA Association

Certificate of Appreciation 2012

US Congress

Certificate of Appreciation 2012

US Congress

Affiliations & memberships

National CASA 1992

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of children in foster care who have stable placements

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Child advocacy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric indicates the number of children and youth whose case closed to permanency which includes reunification, legal guardianship or independent housing at emancipation.

Number of youth who re-enter foster care

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Child advocacy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Nationally 16% of foster care cases re-open due to new abuse or neglect allegations. However, CASA Prince George's County's cases do not reopen.

Number of foster youth with housing arrangements

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents

Related Program

Transition Aged Youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

A goal of the transitioning youth program is to ensure that youth have stable housing when they age out of foster care to adulthood

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Ultimately, CASA's goal is to match a CASA volunteer with every child in need so that all children in foster care have a qualified, trained individual advocating for their best interest. Long-term outcomes include increasing the number of youth who graduate from high school; increasing the number of youth who enroll in and graduate from secondary education; increasing the percentage of youth who are employed at the time their case closes and eliminating homelessness among exiting foster youth who are served by CASA.

CASA will continue to diversify its funding streams and build collaborative partnerships with stakeholders and other community organizations in order to both sustain the organization and grow our capacity to serve more children.

CASA provides 37 hours of pre-service training and 12 hours of in-service training per year to our volunteers. This training, along with intensive screening and supervision by professional staff ensures that only the most appropriate advocates are assigned to work with the abused and neglected children on our caseload.

To grow, CASA will increase its volunteer recruitment efforts, employ best practices to screen volunteers through a rigorous interview and background check process and train 80 volunteers using National CASA Association and local best practices. CASA will also provide specialized in-service training to prepare volunteers to address the needs of high-risk populations of youth. Case Supervisors will continue to supervise no more than 30 volunteers to ensure high quality service and will focus efforts to increase volunteer satisfaction and retention.

CASA is a volunteer-based organization that partners with the Juvenile Court to improve the lives of abused and neglected children living in foster care. With a strong commitment to diversity, CASA trains and supervises 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 promote the timely placement of the children we serve in safe, permanent homes.

Since 2001, CASA has served more than 500 children; has expanded to serve at least 30 new children every year; has established an 84% permanent case closure rate; and has successfully planned and financed a rapidly growing organization. CASA is recognized in Prince George's County as a leader in child welfare transformation and in addressing the particular needs of special populations such as older foster youth and LGBTQ foster youth. CASA is committed to systemic reform to improve the handling of child maltreatment cases and is taking a leadership role on the Prince George's County Model Court Steering Committee. CASA and DSS co- founded the Prince George's County LGBTQ Youth Task Force. CASA is also a founding member of the Homeless Services Workgroup which works to reduce homelessness among former foster youth. Staff sit on a number of judicial committees including the Prince George's County CINA working group and the Child Welfare Permanency Planning. CASA received the 2015 Governor's Service Award for our Volunteer Program and 2016 Civic Leadership Award from the Community Foundation for Prince George's County. The organization's Executive Director serves on the Inclusiveness and Outreach Committee of the National CASA Association and the Board of the Human Services Coalition and was named the 2013 Kappa Alpha Theta CASA Program Director of the Year. CASA collaborates with nonprofit and government organizations to offer trainings and presentations on child abuse and the child welfare system. CASA staff are viewed as sought-after resources on child welfare best practices.

Since 2001, CASA has served more than 600 children; has expanded to serve at least 35 new children every year; has established an 84% permanent case closure rate; and has successfully planned and financed a rapidly growing organization. We have established relationships with key stakeholders and community collaborators that result in our youth receiving appropriate services and our organization being a part of vital decision-making processes. CASA is a recognized leader in the child welfare community and is often consulted as an "expert."

We have laid much of the ground work necessary to support organizational growth. Now we need to secure investments that will allow the organization to grow to meet the needs of the community. CASA plans to grow to be able to match 100% of children in foster care with a CASA volunteer.

Financials

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Operations

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Court Appointed Special Advocate -CASA- Prince Georges County, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 6/30/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Bruce Edwards

Advocates for Justice

Term: 2020 -

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 06/23/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/23/2021

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.