Crime, Legal Related

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

Providing a voice for abused and neglected children

aka CASA/ Prince George's County

Riverdale, MD

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

1992

Executive Director

Ms. Ann Marie Foley Binsner

Deputy Director

Kara Bundy

Main Address

6811 Kenilworth Avenue Suite 402

Riverdale, MD 20737 USA

Keywords

children, abused, foster, court, neglected, volunteers, legal, youth, assistance

EIN

52-1772617

 Number

7695863340

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Child Abuse, Prevention of (I72)

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

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

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

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Child advocacy

Transitioning Youth

Family Advocates for Permanency

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of children in foster care who have stable placements

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years)

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years)

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adolescents (13-19 years)

Related program

Transitioning 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

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

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.

Volunteers are recruited through a variety of media, PR and presentations. Prospective volunteers are screened through 2 interviews, background clearance (criminal, child abuse registry, MVA). At least 80 new volunteers are trained using national, state and local best practices (Topics will include introduction to the CASA role, legal requirements, family dynamics, child development, cultural diversity, collaboration and court report writing) and are prepared to accept a new case. Active volunteers have new in-service opportunities that keep them abreast of current child welfare issues. Volunteers working with specialized populations feel prepared and supported to handle specific issues that arise in their cases. Collaboration with other CASA programs, DSS, and Legal Aid permits CASA volunteers throughout Maryland, local DSS workers and children's attorneys to benefit from innovative in-service trainings. CASA Case Supervisors' training responsibilities are reduced and they are able to take on full caseloads and improve retention of current volunteers thereby increasing the total number of children served by the program. Pending funding for new Case Supervisors, program increases number of children served.

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.

External Reviews

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

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Financials

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

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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