Ten volunteers have become sworn Court Appointed Special Advocates this month for Maryland's abused and neglected children.
The volunteers have completed 30 hours of classroom training coupled with at least two hours of court observation to qualify to work on behalf of the state's foster children to ensure their rights are protected as the state seeks to find them permanent homes.
The new CASA volunteers are Doris Barnes, of Monkton; Peggy Nicholson and Lela M. Yorbor, both of Woodlawn; Natalie Snell, of Randallstown; Corryne Deliberto, of Rodgers Forge; Lyn Biller, Stacey Gallina and Jennifer Keeney, of Westminster; Anne Chiolo of Finksburg; and Russell Bailey of Gettysburg, Pa.
Nicholson, a former analyst with the Social Security Administration, said she felt as though it was "my obligation to give back to the community that has been so good to me."
To Chiolo, a mother of two boys, the opportunity is rewarding. It's also been a chance to teach her children a valuable lesson.
"I had to explain to them that not all children are as privileged as they are, and it has sparked them to want to get more involved in the community as well."
The organization is seeking volunteers for hundreds of additional Maryland foster children.
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