Carroll and four other jurisdictions received state grants for Maryland CASA Association programs to recruit and train adult volunteers to serve as advocates for abused and neglected children within the state welfare system, officials said yesterday.
CASA is an acronym for Court Appointed Special Advocate. Its programs are being started in Carroll, Baltimore, Prince George's, Wicomico and Worcester counties.
In Carroll, the $23,750 grant will be used to open "Voices for Children of Carroll County."
The name was chosen to avoid confusion with the county's Child Abuse Sexual Assault unit, also known as CASA, said Ed Kilcullen, state director for the Maryland CASA Association, a statewide nonprofit that assists communities in developing CASA programs.
Maryland has eight of the more than 900 CASA programs nationwide.