CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Baltimore County is a nonprofit organization that supports volunteers as they mentor and advocate for children in foster care. Volunteers are screened, trained, and supported by professional staff members and are tasked with the important role of ensuring that children are safe while in foster care and are on the path to placement in a safe, loving, and permanent home. While the main responsibility of the volunteer is to make independent, fact-based recommendations to the Court about what is in the child’s best interest, often the most important impact they have is to be the one consistent, caring, adult presence in the child’s life – someone the child can trust, rely on, and confide in, when so much around them is changing and uncertain. There are 650 Baltimore County children in foster care annually, and we are the only program authorized by the Courts to become involved in all aspects of the child’s life to ensure their safety and support. Our goal is to one day serve all 650 children, as we envision a world where every abused and neglected child in Baltimore County is given the opportunity to thrive.