"Helping Children Blossom" Fundraising Event
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
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
Anthony & Patricia Cesare
The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region
Eco City Junk
Employees of Emergent Biosolutions
Carl Freeman Foundation
Michael & Dayna Goldsmith
H & B Products, Inc
William J. & Dorothy K. O'Neill Foundation
Robert & Kathryn Rushing
St. Patrick's Catholic Church
Michael & Janice Sansolo
Jeff & Salley Shannon
Stuart & Renee Shaw
Joseph & Martha Steinbock
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:
Thomas & Maureen Buneo
In Memory of Deborah Shacter:
In Memory of Ramarao Katragadda:
Del. Aruna Miller
In Memory of Richard Pelz:
Rock Creek Woods Civic Assoc.
In Memory of Connie Drummer:
In Honor of Barbara Faigen:
David & Cathy Certner
Richard & Lisa Garfinkel
Jerry & Linda Herman
Stewart & Amy Manela
Evelyn & Scott Schreiber
Andrea Shandell & Russell Fox
David & Lee Wittenstein
In Honor of Lesley Moore-Vossen:
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:
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
Louis G. Close III, LLC
Convergent Wealth Advisors
Greg & Julie Derby
Devan & Lowery, PA
Theodore & Stephanie Dicken
Peter & Mary Ellen Dolan
Eaglestone Tax and Wealth Advisors
Ethridge, Quinn, Kemp, McAuliffe, Rowan & Hartinger
Gary & Barbara Faigen
Charles & Estelle Feigenbaum
Gerber Tours, Inc.
Robert & Jill Granader
Art & Leslie Greenberg
Frank & Katherine Key
David & Mindy Landau
Mah Jong Group
David Pena & Terri McKenna
Menditch Homes, LLC
Monda Media, LLC
National Council of Jewish Women
Ohio National Financial Svcs.
Nicholas Dryland & Sandra Richardson
Rock Creek Woods Civic Assoc.
The Rozansky Group
Ronald & Isabelle Schoenfeld
Scott & Evelyn Schreiber
Eric & Patty Schultz
Robert & Therese Smith
Smith, Lease & Goldstein, LLC
Ryan & Lynette Sprowls
Sprowls, Dicken & Key Wealth Management
Studley Commercial Real Estate Advisors
Wells Fargo Advisors
Zalco Property Management
|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|
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.
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.
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John E. DeVan, III
Lesley Moore Vossen
Training Class Graduates!
Mary Ellen Lannon
Director of Children's Services
Sr. Case Supervisor
Angie von Stein
Assistant to the Executive Director
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