For the nearly 500 children living in foster care in Prince George’s County, it often takes four years (twice the national average) to find a stable home. In those years, their Court Appointed Special Advocate may well be the only source of comfort and safety they have. Since 1992, CASA/Prince George’s has given a voice to abused and neglected children in the foster care system by screening, training, and supervising volunteer advocates and promoting the timely placement of children in stable homes. While attorneys are experts on the law, CASA volunteers are experts on the child and provide the long-term, best-interest advocacy that children in complex, frightening situations desperately need. Over the past three years, CASA/Prince George’s has supported and advocated for nearly 300 youth. For many, their advocate was the first adult on whom they could unconditionally rely. Your advocacy means everything.

COVID-19 Update: CASA quickly pivoted its practices and, rather than slowing services, increased the frequency of communication with youth – from bi-weekly visits to weekly phone calls and video meetings. Volunteer recruitment and training occurred in three virtual information sessions and pre-service trainings resulting in new volunteers who stand ready to assist children who have been further traumatized during the pandemic. CASA successfully secured emergency grant funding and has distributed thousands of dollars in supplies, grocery cards and cell phone stipends since March.

Headquarters: MD-Prince George's County

Where They Operate: MD-Prince George's County

Age Groups Served: Infants (0-2); Pre-K (3-4); Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic

Population(s) Served: All; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students; Disabled; Gays/Lesbians; HIV/AIDs; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members

  • Cases in which recommendations made by a CASA volunteer were ordered by the Court:   84%
  • Children served by CASA were placed in a safe, permanent home:   83%

Awards & Recognition

Executive Director named Child Welfare League of America "Champion for Children" - 2020
Received Civic Leadership Award from Community Foundation in Prince George's County- 2016
Received Governor's Award for Service for our Volunteer Program-2015
Executive Director named Kappa Alpha Theta CASA Program Director of the Year-2013
Named "Top-rated Nonprofit” by GreatNonprofits- 2012, 2014, 2015
Recognized as GuideStar Gold Partner for transparency Received a “Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition” from the U.S. House of Representatives- 2012
CASA Volunteer Tomika Holmes named to Prince George's County "Top Forty Under 40" for her work as a CASA- 2011
Executive Director received Prince George's County Bridge Builder Award- 2009
Received the National CASA Association's Diversity Leadership Award- 2006
Governor's Victim Assistance Award: Outstanding Volunteer Contribution to Victim Services awarded to all Maryland CASA Volunteers-2006
Received Governor's Citation for improving the lives of abused and neglected children- 2004


Budget (FY2016)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)/Prince George's County is: $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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