Anne Arundel County CASA, Inc. (Annapolis, MD)

Name

  • Name:Ms. Rebecca Tingle
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Anne Arundel County CASA, Inc.
  • Address:8 Church Circle
    Suite H-103
    Annapolis, MD 21401
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:4102677877

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General

  • Mission:
  • The mission of Anne Arundel County Court Appointed Special Advocates, Inc. (AACCASA) is to advocate for and support abused and neglected children who are involved in the juvenile court system to ensure their right to safe, stable, permanent homes. AACCASA achieves this mission through the work of CASA Volunteers who are judge appointed to watch over and advocate for these vulnerable children, to make sure they don’t get lost in the overburdened legal/social service system or languish foster care. Volunteers stay with each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. For many abused children, their CASA volunteer will be the one constant, reliable adult presence in their lives. CASA is central to fulfilling society’s most fundamental obligation by making sure a qualified, compassionate adult will fight for and protect a child’s right to be safe, to be treated with dignity and respect, and to learn and grow in the security of a loving family.

  • Overview:
  • AACCASA believes that every abused/neglected child deserves to have a dedicated advocate speaking up for their best interest. AACCASA has educated and empowered volunteers who ensure that each child's needs remain a priority. When the state steps in to protect a child's safety, a judge appoints a CASA to make independent recommendations and ensure the child’s right to a permanent home. The CASA is an “Officer of the Court”, and ensures that needed services are delivered to children/families in a timely manner. CASAs make a long-term commitment to: conduct an independent, comprehensive study of the child’s situation; maintain contact with parents, foster parents, attorneys, teachers, and social workers; monitor the child’s living situation by visiting regularly; write formal Court reports with recommendations and provide direct testimony to the Court; continuously advocate for the child’s developmental, educational, and psychological needs.
    AACCASA’s core program activities center on the recruitment, screening, and training of new CASAs as well as the provision of supervision and case planning to volunteers who are appointed to a child. In order to become a CASA volunteer, the interested party (21 years or older) must complete the application process consisting of an interview and thorough background investigation, attend the 35-hour pre-service training program, and be sworn in by a Judge. CASA volunteers are required to complete 12 hours of continuing education each year.
    Genie and Joy: A CASA Story. At only nineteen months, Joy and her young parents were living on an abandoned boat with no electricity, heat, or running water. Joy’s parents, who had already lost one child to foster care, had a long history of homelessness and heroin abuse. When the child protective services investigator saw Joy, she had tiny bite marks, bruises and scratches on her arms and legs. Her clothes were too small and her diaper was saturated with urine. Carrying Joy, these drug-addicted parents would jump onto the boat and, while holding on, inch their way to the doorway. Joy was immediately placed into foster care. This is where Genie, who’s been with us as a CASA volunteer for the last fifteen years, came in. “I became Joy’s CASA when she was placed by the Department of Social Services with two wonderful foster parents. I visited her many times and could see that she was happy and healthy. When I was in the foster parents’ home, I checked to see that Joy was safe. Joy’s foster parents had decorated the most beautiful bedroom for her, even including another bed so her older sister, who had already been adopted, could come spend a weekend each month. I visited Joy at daycare too, and played with her and the other children in her class. Many times I took my favorite little packs of Wiki-Sticks (clay), and the entire class and I made letters, numbers and little figures. Of course, Joy was the one to pass them out to her friends. I will always remember how she called, “Miss Genie is here!” as she ran to give me a hug. Unfortunately, there was another side to this case. I felt obligated to give Joy’s parents an opportunity to fight their addiction. It was detective work trying to locate them - they were homeless and sleeping on the streets. I looked for them at a home in Baltimore, but their disheveled friend would not tell me where they were. The home was filthy and clearly unsafe for children. I called all of their cell phone numbers over fifty times. They only answered once. One day, the DSS worker was able to track down Joy’s parents. We met in a park. In the many months that Joy had been in foster care, they had only one visit with her. They gave many excuses, but never once asked how Joy was. It was obvious to me that Joy would have a much better and safer life with her foster parents who had fallen deeply in love with her. It was my task then to ensure that the Judge had all the information needed to make the best decision. At an early hearing in this case, Joy’s mother seemed so sincere and so willing to change. But, I also heard her say, as she apologized to the Judge, “We can’t even take care of ourselves.” I wrote this down; it was so obviously true. At the next hearing, when the Judge asked if there was anyone else who had information to offer, I stood up and repeated that quote, “We can’t even take care of ourselves.” CASAs stand up for children. Joy was adopted by this wonderful family. Her adoptive mother wrote recently that Joy “is doing wonderfully! She’s becoming more mature, speaking so nicely, and says the funniest things!” She also said, “We think of you as our extended family and hope that we stay in touch as often as possible. Thank you so much for everything that you did for Joy and for us. We are forever indebted to you.” My husband and others who know I’m a CASA ask me how I do this. My answer to them … how can I not?

  • History:
  • In 1977, a Seattle Superior Court Judge, David Soukup, was losing sleep trying to make the best decisions for abused and neglected children in his courtroom. There were many times when he felt that he did not have enough information about each child’s unique circumstances. He said, “When you’re involved with a child and you’re trying to decide what to do to facilitate that child’s growth into a mature and happy adult, you don’t feel like you have sufficient information to allow you to make the right decision. You can’t walk away and leave them at the courthouse at 4 o’clock. You wonder, ‘Do I really know everything I should? Have I really been told all of the different things? Is this really right?'” Judge Soukup knew that the decisions he was making would have a lifelong impact on these children. He came up with an idea: What if he could train community volunteers to get to know these children and their circumstances? These volunteers, Court Appointed Special Advocates, could report back to him with what they had learned and he would then be able to make a decision based on the best interests of the child. He put the word out that he was looking for volunteers, expecting five or ten people to hear the call. Fifty citizens responded. Thus, the CASA concept was born. Judge Soukup’s idea has blossomed into a nationwide program. Last year, more than 76,000 CASA volunteers served more than 251,000 abused and neglected children through almost 1,000 program offices in 49 states.
    In 1993, a handful of local attorneys recognized the need for a CASA program in Anne Arundel County. With the support from the local Bar Association, the Circuit Court, and the Department of Social Services, Anne Arundel County CASA, Inc. (AACCASA) was incorporated. AACCASA began serving children in July 1997. With a small staff of six professionals (FTE of 4.25 staff), we rely on volunteers to achieve our mission. Since our inception, over 500 exceptional CASA volunteers have worked diligently to improve the lives of over 610 children in need in our community. Our dedicated volunteers contributed 9,560 hours of their time in FY16 (July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016) to help these children who are unable to help themselves. This translates to an annual contribution of $254,678 (Independent Sector - value of volunteer time for Maryland 2015 $26.64). AACCASA is a member program of the National CASA Association (NCASAA) and the Maryland CASA Network which consists of 21 CASA programs across Maryland.
    Nationally, 600,000+ children are in foster care annually. Daily, 1,900 children are victims of abuse/neglect and four of them will die. In Maryland, 4,900 children are in foster care. Anne Arundel County (AACO) is ranked the eighth highest for the number of children in care in the state and fourth highest for the number of child maltreatment reports (Maryland Department of Human Resources, 2016). AACO has seen an increase in the prevalence of abuse/neglect. From FY10 (4,985) to FY15 (6,525), there has been a 24% increase in child maltreatment reports. The child welfare system, designed to protect these children, is overburdened and children continue to languish. During FY16, AACCASA served 117 out of 203 children living in foster care. Sadly, 86 children were left without a CASA. Our vision is to provide a CASA to every child in foster care.
    Organizationally, AACCASA has seen significant and sustainable growth. During FY98, 20 CASAs advocated for 28 children with a staff of 1.5 FTE’s. AACCASA has grown to 4.25 FTE’s, and 99 CASAs advocated for 117 children in FY16. AACCASA has seen a 395% increase in CASA volunteers, and a 361% increase in the number of children served. It has also been determined that children with a CASA score better on nine protective factors: neighborhood resources, interested adults, sense of acceptance, controls against deviant behavior, models of conventional behavior, positive attitude towards the future, valuing achievement, ability to work with others and ability to work out conflicts.
    Some of AACCASA’s recent programmatic accomplishments include the GreatNonprofits Top Rated List, and the “Incredible Award” from Next Gen of Anne Arundel County given to Rebecca Tingle, Executive Director, in acknowledgment of her leadership and entrepreneurial spirit in leading AACCASA. AACCASA receives recertification by NCASAA every four years through the demonstration of quality program management. AACCASA has been awarded the Best of Annapolis for Child Advocacy; Ravens Community Quarterback Award; Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce: Community Outreach Award; Governor’s Victim Assistance Award and the Best in America Charity Seal of Approval.


  • Year established:1997
  • Endowment:Unknown

Registration

  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:52-1885500

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:521885500
  • Organization Name:ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY CASA INC COURT APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATES
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% KIM DUMBROSKI
  • Organization Address:8 CHURCH CIRCLE STE H-103
  • Organization City:ANNAPOLIS
  • Organization State:MD
  • Organization Zip:21401-1934
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:October, 1994
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):994, 327
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code, Prevention of cruelty to children
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2017
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:R200
  • Asset Amount:$115,084
  • Asset Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • Income Amount:$453,603
  • Income Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$313,280
  • Last Updated:2/17/2018 5:26:37 pm

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