Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) volunteers serve as advocates for Baltimore County's abused and neglected children, striving to place these children in loving, safe, and permanent homes.
While CASA aims to prepare these youth for self-sufficiency by age 21, not all are ready to be on their own at that age. Some young women have had unwanted pregnancies, been involved in sex trafficking, or experienced violence in their relationships. To address these needs, CASA developed its Foster Futures Women’s Initiative, focusing on specific needs of women in foster care aged 14 to 21 years. Volunteers provide mentoring, life skills training, and other services to help these young women transition to successful independent lives.
The Baltimore Women’s Giving Circle grant supported additional staff to implement, manage, and assess the Foster Futures Women’s Initiative.