Voices for Children Montgomery
1010 Grandin Avenue, Suite B-3
Rockville, MD 20851
Phone: 301.340.7458
Email: mail@casamontgomery.org
IN THIS NEWSLETTER: Volunteer Spotlight | Upcoming Pre-Service Training | Volunteer Anniversaries | Donors Making a Difference | Volunteers Needed
Dear CASA volunteers and friends of Voices for Children Montgomery,

As many of you know, VFCM’s Board of Directors and staff recently developed a six-year growth plan with the goal of providing a CASA volunteer for every child in foster care in Montgomery County by 2026. This will double the current number of children VFCM is serving by 2026. To ensure that we are building on a strong foundation, we recently conducted a survey of current volunteers to get at least a small sense of how well-supported our current CASA volunteers feel and what we as an organization can do to better to support them. I want to share some of the results with you.

We received 60 survey responses-- about one-third of our active CASA volunteers. The vast majority of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that they feel supported by VFCM (85%) and that they have access (90%) and positive interactions (92%) with VFCM staff members. An overwhelming majority of respondents (97%) are somewhat to extremely likely to recommend being a CASA volunteer to others. 

The survey also highlighted some ways that VFCM can improve our CASA volunteers’ experience! More than one-third of respondents (39%) wanted more information about our overall organizational outcomes and goals and 26% would like additional opportunities to interact with other CASA volunteers on a regular basis. We will definitely be addressing both of these wishes in the coming months! We will be including more information about organizational plans and achievements in the newsletter and making more of that information easily available to your Case Supervisor to share. Our “CASA Connections” in-service training events are one way CASA volunteers are able to interact and offer each other peer support, and we are brainstorming other possibilities. Please feel free to let us know if you have ideas!

There were also helpful comments included by some respondents. Since the survey was anonymous, we are not able to follow up on individual comments directly, but please know that we are grateful for the feedback and that survey comments have been shared with staff.

Thank you to those of you who took the time to respond to our survey!! For those of you who missed it, you will have other opportunities. We are planning ways to more regularly solicit volunteer feedback. We realize (and deeply appreciate) the fact that our CASA volunteers are the heart of our organization and we will continue to work hard to ensure that you have all the tools we can provide to support the critical difference you are making in the lives of your CASA kids.
Pre-Service Training For Prospective Volunteers Starts September 26! 
*Training will be online


Logan* is a 10-month-old baby who came into care when he was only one month old because of his parents’ long histories of addiction. Logan is currently living in a foster home while his parents receive substance abuse treatment, mental health services and parenting education. While they are both engaged with services, their progress has been slow and inconsistent. Logan will soon be in care a year and decisions will need to be made about his long-term plan for a permanent home. He could greatly benefit from having a CASA involved who could ensure his best interests are represented.  
Volunteer Spotlights Fall 2020
Sung Yun recently completed the training to become a CASA and was appointed to work with 18-year-old Marie* in June of this year. During the first two weeks of her appointment, Sung was able to connect with Marie’s high school counselor. In doing so, Sung learned that Marie was in need of completing 7 classes before she would be able to graduate; it was originally thought that she would need just 3. Sung has worked diligently to ensure that Marie, Marie’s school counselor, case manager, and social worker are all working together to ensure that these 7 classes are completed in order for Marie to become a high school graduate this school year!
Aileen Moodie was appointed to be the advocate for 10-year-old Catherine* in December of 2019. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Aileen has relentlessly promoted Catherine’s well-being and best interest as Catherine transitioned from the familiarity of kinship to the new experiences of formal foster care. Aileen has been a consistent presence for Catherine as she navigates a new home, new caregivers, new teachers, and new challenges. Aileen has been a fierce advocate for ensuring that Catherine receives the necessary supports, accommodations, and services she requires to thrive in an academic setting. Amid a global pandemic, Aileen will continue to advocate for Catherine as she continues her journey toward permanency.
*Names changed and photos are not of CASA children

BOOK: The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog by Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD and Maia Szalavitz

DATE: Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020

TIME: 6:30pm to 7:30PM

WHERE: Online Via Zoom

Participants will receive one hour of in-service credit for attending plus 30 additional minutes for every 100 pages read.

Next Pre-Service Training Session for Prospective Volunteer
Fall 2020


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Fall Volunteer Anniversaries
6 Years
Debbie Blumenthal
Susan Cohen
Richard Kerr
Heather Kramer

2 Years
Elizabeth Cherneff
Karen Dobson
Kyle Krasnoff
Leah Schwartz
Candace Simpson
1 Year
Kathleen Allen
Deborah Ambrose
Erica Brown
Gabriel Brown
Susan Burger
Ashley Flory
Sheila Healy
Rebecca Hellman
Carolyn Lee-Smith
Megan Lewis
Patricia Louden
Christiane Robbins
Monique Samuel
Christine Smith
Tim Smith
Mary Wei
Delna Williams
Cindy Woodfield

Donors Making A Difference
Be the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer that every child in Montgomery County, Maryland’s foster care system needs.
CASA depends upon donations from people like you to continue its work. Make a donation today to help us reach out goal of serving ALL the children in foster care in Montgomery County by 2026.