IN THIS NEWSLETTER: Training Recap | Upcoming Events | Volunteer Spotlights | Upcoming Pre-Service Training | Volunteer Anniversaries | Donors Making a Difference

Recent Trainings Recap

A huge thank you to our in-service speakers this quarter! In April, Frank Duncan, Assistant Regional Director, Metro Region, Maryland Department of Juvenile Services shared the DJS process with us, the expectations DJS has for youth, as well as how CASAs can work effectively with DJS staff and DJS-involved youth. In June, Smita Varia, from Choose Respect Montgomery, part of the Family Justice Center, spoke about the effects of domestic violence on children and youth, how to recognize when youth are involved in unhealthy and/or violent relationships, how to support youth who are in an abusive relationship and community resources to help youth in unhealthy relationships. We greatly appreciate the time and expertise our speakers provided to help our volunteers better advocate for children in foster care!

Upcoming Trainings

  • July 12, 2022, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., “The Trans List” Documentary- Viewing and Discussion
  • July 21, 2022, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Book Club, The Gift of Fear by Gavin De Becker
  • July 28, 2022, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., CASA Connections
  • September 17, 2022, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Fall Volunteer Pre-Service Training Begins

Please RSVP to Nancy King at

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Volunteer Spotlights

Josh Shaw is the CASA for 19-year-old Austin*. Austin is currently placed in an Independent Living Program and is focusing on life after aging out at 21. Since being assigned to Austin’s case in early 2022, Josh has assisted Austin in being accepted into an HVAC apprenticeship program through a local community college. Austin has also found a part-time job through the help of a staffing agency.  

12-year-old Adam* is diagnosed on the autism spectrum. He came into care in February 2019 when his parents were not able to care for him. Adam was placed in a foster home, and his CASA volunteer, Ann Bradley, has been working with him for almost a year. In early 2022, Adam’s therapist indicated she could no longer work with him due to her schedule, and she would stop services in March. The foster parents wanted Adam to have a therapist who could meet with him in-person but did not explore the list of providers given to them by the social worker. As a result, Ann contacted one of the providers on the list who indicated she had an opening. Ann shared this information with the foster parents and social worker, and consequently, Adam had an intake appointment in late March and started seeing his new therapist shortly thereafter.  

*Names changed and photos are not of CASA children

Upcoming Pre-Service Training Sessions for

Prospective Volunteers

Fall 2022



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Volunteer Anniversaries

Thank you to each of the following individuals for your years of service and dedication to your CASA youth. Happy Anniversary!

14 Years

Sheila Berman

12 Years

Michele Hamilton

11 Years

Sandra-Lynn Berson

9 Years

Laura Brown

8 Years

Jewel Butler

Carrie Sypes

7 Years

Jack Krakower

Celia Peacock

John Pettibone

Kimberley Raue

6 Years

John Belliveau

Madison Ellis

Lori Feitel

5 Years

Robin Delaloye

Katherine Freeman

Jeanne Touzeau

4 Years

Mike Mayhugh

Russell Munk

3 Years

Barbara Hanlen

Elli Stephanede

2 Years

Capri Fowler

Lora Hudson

Timothy Kinsella

Cosette Melcher

Peyton Myers

Julie Rasicot

Cheryl Reid

Barbara Romanoff

Leslie Rubell

Louise Shaw-Berry

Sung Yun

Kimberly Zembower

1 Year

Carmel Amero

Ann Bradley

Ann Deml

Lauren Efird

John Manthei

Kiersten Newtoff

Amanda Strite

Amber Tedesco

Tafadzwa Vargas-Kasambira

Andrea Witt

Donors Making A Difference

*Donations received from 4/09/2022-

Thank you to everyone who made a donation! Your generosity is the reason we are able to continue to help children in foster care in Montgomery County. We could not do this work without YOU!!


  • Loris Ayirebi
  • John Belliveau
  • Jack Berry
  • Heather Collier
  • Robin Harris
  • Al-Tariq & Janelle Harris
  • Alysse Henkel
  • Scott Kagawa
  • Maleka Lawrence
  • Jenny Lee
  • Anny Lee Chaidez
  • Schira Madan
  • Liora Moriel
  • Chito Okoye
  • Clare Overmann
  • Jarrett Perlow
  • Samuel Silberstein
  • Rachel & Travis Stalcup
  • Noreene Stehlik
  • Jennifer Tifford
  • Suzanne Waltzer
  • Tadu Yimam
  • Christine Young   

Special Thanks

  • Adobe, Inc. (match to Scott Kagawa donation)
  • Dell Giving (match to John Belliveau donation)
  • Kenneth E. Redd Charitable Fund
  • Microsoft (match to Jack Berry donation)
  • Philip L. Graham Fund
  • PNC Matching Gifts Program (match to Chito Okoye donations)
  • Turow-Blumberg Giving Fund
  • The United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania
  • United Health Group (match to Loris Ayirebi donations) 

Become a Volunteer

Be the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer that every child in Montgomery County, Maryland’s foster care system needs. CASA volunteers bring a variety of experiences to their work as advocates on behalf of abused and neglected children.



Voices for Children Montgomery depends on donations from people like you to continue its work. Make a donation today to help us reach our goal of serving ALL children in foster care in Montgomery County by 2026. Thank you!

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Voices for Children Montgomery is a private, 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and receives partial funding from the Montgomery County Dept. of Health and Human Services and the Administrative Office of the Courts Dept. of Juvenile and Family Services.