CASA of Allegany County is an independent, court-authorized nonprofit organization that works through specially trained and supervised volunteers to promote the welfare of children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse, neglect or abandonment by providing a safety net of support, advocacy and mentorship.
CASA trains and supervises volunteers to speak for the best interests of these children in court, to ensure that each child has the opportunity to thrive by receiving needed service and assistance, while helping to move the child towards a safe and permanent home.
How do you become a CASA?
1. Complete the application. The application is available online under the Volunteer tab, we can mail you one, or you can click here. Call the CASA of Allegany County office to request a paper application: 301-777-1262
2. Complete the application
3. Once the CASA of Allegany County office receives the application, an interview will be set up. This is a casual interview to provide you with more information about the role of a CASA.
4. Attend CASA training. CASA training is offered several times a year. Both day time and evening trainings are available. Training is one evening a week, for six sessions. Training is also partially online. Court observation is required.
5. All CASAs undergo a background check.
6. Swearing-in by the Allegany County Court System occurs upon the successful completion of CASA training.
7. A foster child is appointed to you by the Family Court Magistrate.
You can provide insight to what kind of foster child you work with (age, location, etc). From start to finish, this process take several months. However, the impact a CASA has truly lasts a life time.
Over 100 children are currently without a CASA. Please consider being a CASA volunteer.
We ask for a one year committment to being a volunteer. Approximately 5-10 hours per month are needed, and the work is done on your schedule.