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John Kirby

CASA volunteers lend watchful eyes and open hearts to foster children

Baltimore County CASA volunteers

Abused and neglected children often wind up in foster care, and while they're given love and comfort by their foster families, they also often need someone to watch over facets of their lives.

In a swearing-in ceremony at Towson's Historic Courthouse March 12, several local residents were among the seven who volunteered to take on that role as newly-appointed Court Appointed Special Advocates.

Christy Valeri of Timonium knows the challenges of the job. As one of the newest CASAs, Valeri realizes the children she'll be working with haven't had the advantages of her four grown kids.

"My kids have been so fortunate, but you don't realize who else is out there,"...