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Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)

Program of Montgomery County

1010 Grandin Avenue, #B-3

Rockville, MD  20851

Phone: 301-340-7458

Fax: 240-319-7210

mail@casamontgomery.org

www.casamontgomery.org

 

The Advocate's Voice                                      Spring  2014

"Helping Children Blossom" Fundraising Event

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Barbara Harrison and John Kelly

 

CASA's Board of Directors was thrilled to welcome more than 150 guests who attended our "Helping Children Blossom" fundraising event on March 22nd. The festivities included a silent auction and raffle, music, and delectable food, catered by Ridgewells, all against the beautiful backdrop of Glenview Mansion in Rockville. Barbara Harrison of NBC4 News presented the "Barbara Harrison Child Advocacy" award, named in her honor, to Washington Post columnist John Kelly for his work on behalf of children. The award recognizes individuals who make a difference in the lives of children in need and display exemplary leadership in child advocacy. Thanks to the support of so many community members and donors, CASA of Montgomery County raised over $30,000 to support the recruitment and training of more CASA volunteers.

 

A Child Is Waiting

  

Avery* (age 7), Luke* (age 4) and Ben* (age 3), came to the attention of Child Welfare Services (CWS) in the fall of 2013, when allegations of physical abuse and neglect by their mother and her boyfriend were reported. During their investigation, CWS learned there were ongoing concerns regarding domestic violence in the home. In-home services were offered in an attempt to prevent the removal of the children but were unsuccessful. Consequently, the children were removed from the home and placed with a maternal relative, where they continue to reside. CWS is working with the children's mother on a plan to reunify the family. All three children could greatly benefit from a CASA volunteer who would have the time to meet with them regularly and who would advocate for their best interest while they are under the Court's jurisdiction.

  

                                                                                           * names have been changed

Volunteers Spotlight

 

Jennifer Ashby was assigned to the cases of Brittany* and Brian* in November of 2011. Brittany and Brian initially became involved with Child Welfare due to issues of neglect. The children's mother suffered from mental health and substance abuse issues. She admitted to Child Welfare that she had difficulty managing the children and became easily agitated with them. Since Ms. Ashby's assignment to the case, Brittany and Brian have been in four different placements. Ms. Ashby strongly advocated for stability and for the children's permanency plan to be changed to Adoption by a Non-Relative, as it did not appear that their mother would be able to care for them long-term. Their mother's parental rights were terminated in November of 2013. Brittany and Brian were formally adopted in April of 2014.

 

Rosario Allauca-Castillo  has been working with her CASA child for eight months. Victor* is 14 years old and came to the attention of Child Welfare in March 2011, when he reported that his mother and her boyfriend hit him frequently. For over two years, Victor and his mother worked with individual and family therapists to rebuild their relationship and in October 2013, Victor was reunited with his mother. He expressed that he very much wanted to play soccer, but his school did not have a team. Ms. Allauca-Castillo researched soccer clubs in the area and found one that agreed to waive the registration fee. The club director also agreed to provide equipment and transportation for Victor, and he began practicing with the team in March, 2014 and plans to continue participating with the club. Victor's case closed in late April 2014. Thanks to Ms. Allauca-Castillo, Victor now has a connection with a supportive coach and soccer club who are interested in making him a part of their community.

 

                                                                                          * names have been changed

Donors Making A Difference

 

 

Roy & Gail Antolick

Diane Baker

Anthony & Patricia Cesare

The Community Foundation for the   National Capital Region 

Eco City Junk

Employees of Emergent Biosolutions

Carl Freeman Foundation

Elizabeth Gemoets

Michael & Dayna Goldsmith

Otto Graham

Sherry Gratz

Robin Gross

Pamela Gwaltney

H & B Products, Inc

Elizabeth Herington

Caren Kaplan

Thomas Knox

Gail Kauffmann

Sarah LaBelle

William J. & Dorothy K. O'Neill Foundation

Nancy Poole

Robert & Kathryn Rushing

St. Patrick's Catholic Church

Michael & Janice Sansolo

Jeff & Salley Shannon

Stuart & Renee Shaw

Joseph & Martha Steinbock

Harry Stern

Jane P. Stevens

Sullivan & Co.

Mr. & Mrs. Louis Surden

Barbara Wachter Needle

Gerson & Shirley Yalowitz

Women of St. Francis Episcopal Church

  

In Memory of Leon Lunden: 

Glenn Lunden & Frank Meola

Liane W. Lunden

 

In Memory of Shannon Buneo:

Kathleen Sanseverino

Thomas & Maureen Buneo

 

In Memory of Deborah Shacter:

Ben Bialek

 

In Memory of Ramarao Katragadda:

Del. Aruna Miller

 

In Memory of Richard Pelz:

Rock Creek Woods Civic Assoc.

 

In Memory of Connie Drummer:

Paul Drummer 

 

In Honor of Barbara Faigen: 

Sharon Burka

David & Cathy Certner

Trudy Fleisher

Richard & Lisa Garfinkel

Jerry & Linda Herman

Stewart & Amy Manela

Judith Murphy 

Wendy Reiter

Caryn Rich

Evelyn & Scott Schreiber

Andrea Shandell & Russell Fox

David & Lee Wittenstein

 

In Honor of Lesley Moore-Vossen: 

Cary Perry

 

In Honor of Leslie Greenberg: 

Henry & Laurie Friedman

 

In Honor of Kim Herman: 

Mr. & Mrs. Philip Justus

 

In Honor of Joan Schaffer: 

Michael Mates & Lona Feldman  

 

  

In Honor of Robert McNamara: 

National Science Foundation - Physics Div.

 

In Honor of Scott Fass: 

Steve Genn

 

In Honor of Jay Devan: 

Hon. Glenn T. Harrell, Jr.

 

In Honor of Debbie Redman: 

BPB Solutions, LLC

   

Helping Children Blossom Event:  

Louai Alassar & Nadia Mansour

Arent Fox, LLP

Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.

Catalyst Energy, Inc.

Robert & Rhoda Chanin

Clark Construction

Louis G. Close III, LLC

Convergent Wealth Advisors

Dean Cooper

Greg & Julie Derby

Devan & Lowery, PA

Theodore & Stephanie Dicken

Peter &  Mary Ellen Dolan

Eagle Bank

Eaglestone Tax and Wealth Advisors

Ethridge, Quinn, Kemp, McAuliffe, Rowan    & Hartinger

Gary & Barbara Faigen

Scott Fass

Charles & Estelle Feigenbaum

Gerber Tours, Inc.

Goodman-Gable-Gould Adjusters

Robert & Jill Granader

Art & Leslie Greenberg

Gale Herman

Gail Himelfarb

Michele Horwitz

ICON Investments

Kevin Karton

Frank & Katherine Key

Jill Klein

Norma Krupenie

Joe Kull

David & Mindy Landau

Agnes Leshner

Kristin Mackert

Mah Jong Group

David Pena & Terri McKenna

Patricia McNamara

Frank Menditch

Menditch Homes, LLC

Sloane Menkes

Kathleen Milenkowic

Monda Media, LLC

National Council of Jewish Women

Ohio National Financial Svcs.

Papadopoulos Properties

Jacqueline Paul

Nicholas Dryland & Sandra Richardson

Rock Creek Woods Civic Assoc.

The Rozansky Group

Sandmar Properties

Ronald & Isabelle Schoenfeld

Scott & Evelyn Schreiber

Eric & Patty Schultz

Luda Shields

Robert & Therese Smith

Smith, Lease & Goldstein, LLC

Spacesaver Infolinx

Christine Spangler

Ryan & Lynette Sprowls

Sprowls, Dicken & Key Wealth Management

Studley Commercial Real Estate Advisors

Robin Wasserman

Wells Fargo Advisors

David Weiss

Zalco Property Management 

 

Volunteer Anniversaries*

 

Seventeen Years
Paul Sorlie
Twelve Years
Akilah Hughley, Leslie Greenberg
Seven Years
Diane Krishnamurti, Brenton Grimes, Laureen Supplee
Six Years
John Brown, Sandra Richardson, Gail Macleod-Ball
Five Years
Diane Baker, Charles Hosten
Four Years
Jacquelynn Wozniak, Marjorie Ford, Noelle McHugh, Martha Oppenheim, Teresa Bailey, George Portes
Three Years
Randi Shakin, Dayna Goldsmith, Carolyn Kearney, Kathryn Winsberg, Linda Diamond, Natalie Randolph, Ronda Cohen
Two Years
Rowena Shurn, Jed Jaffe, Sylvia Stearn, Dean Cooper, Patricia Villani, Janet Rudderham, August Gardner, Cyntia Troiano
One Year

Sabrina Ivory, Thomas Mahoney, Dipti Patel, Marie-Christine Rebiere-Hohman, Shannon Brown. Sarah Morison, Lisa Engle, Teri Poux, Laleh Eshkevari, Ryan Carr, Ray Grimes, Jr., Kristine Hartwell

 

                                               *from date first assigned to a child

 

CASA Welcomes our Newest Staff Member

 

We are pleased to announce that CASA has a new staff member, Greg Burks. Greg is our newest full-time Case Supervisor.  Greg joined CASA on May 5th, 2014. He is a graduate of Point Park University, in Pittsburg, Pa.  Prior to joining our staff, Greg worked in direct services with children, families and homeless individuals throughout the District of Columbia. He is a skilled case manager who has experience in recruiting, screening and managing volunteers through his prior employment at the Community Council for the Homeless at Friendship Place in Washington, D.C. In addition, Greg has experience working with disabled clients and children receiving special education services. Greg also keeps busy with his own photography business. The next time you're in the CASA office, please stop in to introduce yourself and to welcome Greg.  

 

Upcoming

Pre-Service

Training

Summer 2014

 

Training Schedule:

Saturday, 6/21/14                        9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Monday, 6/23/14                          6:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Wednesday, 6/25/14                    6:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Friday, 6/27/14                             8:15 am to 4:30 pm

Monday, 6/30/14                          6:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Wednesday, 7/2/14                      6:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Monday, 7/7/14                            6:00 pm to 9:30 pm

*Wednesday, 7/9/14                     6:00 pm to 9:30 pm

         

* weather make-up 

Pre-service training dates are tentative and subject to change. 

Amazon Smile Promotion 

   

Support CASA when you shop at Amazon.com.  Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases.

 

Please visit: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/52-1639595 for more information and to assign CASA as your designated charity.

 

In This Issue
Helping Children Blossom Fundraising Event
A Child is Waiting
Volunteers Spotlight
Donors Making a Difference
Volunteer Anniversaries
Staff News
Training Class Graduates
Amazon Smile Promotion
Workplace Giving Campaigns

CASA Board  

 

President

Barbara Faigen

 

Treasurer
John E. DeVan, III  

 

             Melissa Curry

 Scott Fass  

David Lease

Teresa McKenna

Megan Molloy
Lesley Moore Vossen

Debbie Redman

Linda Stewart

Julia Sweeney



 

Quick Links
 
Congratulations Pre-Service
Training Class Graduates!
 

Jewel Butler

Veronda Curry

Michelle DeMooy

Sonja Fisher

Carolina Herrera

Jenny Hodge-Pavel

Cheryl Hoofnagle

Ivy Jiang

Lisa Kaiser

Mary Ellen Lannon

Carolyn Leep

Laurie Leone

Seth Levy

Joseph Lipten

Jacobi Martin

Marianella Morales

Jennifer Noyes

Anna O'Dwyer

Rachel Paul

Sasha Rene

Kasthelin Reyes

Reza Sadeghi

Matildia Sherrod

Nicola Smith-Kea

Ruth Spodak

Patricia Watkins

Sara Watson

Amirh Williams

Starteese Williams

Lary Yud

 

 

 

 

 

Program Staff

 

Francha Davis

Executive Director

 

Jennifer Carson

Director of Children's Services 

 

Jennifer Antolick

Sr. Case Supervisor

 

Jaime Dohn

Case Supervisor

 

Shayna Hadley

Case Supervisor

 

Gregory Burks

Case Supervisor 

 

Angie von Stein

Case Supervisor

 

Martha Proctor

Office Manager

 

Molly Surden

Assistant to the Executive Director

 

 

Workplace

 Giving

Campaigns

 

A means by which employees donate to charities they care about, primarily through payroll deductions..

 

If your workplace has a giving program, please consider supporting CASA.

 

Your pre-tax donation will make a huge difference in a child's life!

 

CASA's designation

numbers are:

 

United Way #8814

 

CFC #90448

 

Maryland Charity Campaign #4197

 

 

 "Helping Children Blossom" Corporate Sponsors

 

 

 

 

    

 

 

 

  

  

 

 

  

 

  

 



 

To learn more about our Program and how you can make a difference in a child's life, visit us on the web at www.casamontgomery.org
 
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