half of Maryland
children in foster care are over the age of 14. Without family to rely on,
foster youth are at a high risk for experiencing homelessness, unemployment,
illness, incarceration, unplanned pregnancy, substance abuse, and physical and
These young adults have no one to stand up for them until a Court Appointed Special Advocate, or CASA, comes along. CASA volunteers are everyday citizens who are trained to serve as advocates for abused and neglected children who are caught up in the juvenile court and child welfare systems through no fault of their own. They act as the “eyes and ears” of the court and make recommendations as to what course of action is in the child’s best interest. CASA volunteers who work with older foster youth have a unique opportunity to develop a long-term mentoring relationship that can change the life trajectory of a young adult for good.
Maryland CASA Association is currently looking for dedicated, caring volunteers to serve our state’s growing population of older foster youth. With twenty offices throughout the state, volunteers will receive the training and support they need right in their own community. If you are interested in making a difference in the life of a young adult in need in your community, please visit www.marylandcasa.org or call toll-free 1-888-833-2272.