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volunteer. Understand, this is the exception across the land, not the rule. But it’s good news for local children under the protection of the court because recent scientific studies reveal what judges and social workers have known for decades ~ namely that there’s a world of difference in outcomes between the kids who have a CASA volunteer and those who don’t. And, unsurprisingly for CINA cases, CASA involvement sooner is much better than CASA involvement later. That’s called organizational effectiveness, and it largely explains why an organization that began 25 years ago with two part-timers (Robin and a secretary) grew to serve nearly 140,000 people across 1,450 square miles in Talbot, Dorchester,

Queen Anne’s and Kent counties. In other words, this is also the story of organizational success and the expansion in scale and scope that accompanies it while rising to the challenge of ever-growing needs. This is why Robin can humbly say without a trace of braggadocio, “We have always remained true to our mission. We say what we are going to do, and then we do it.” It’s also why her attitude remains one of gratitude: “It’s amazing how supportive Talbot County and the expanding Mid-Shore communities have been to this organization.” “What a truly unique volunteer opportunity this is,” chimes in Jane Crawford, who has spent over six years with CASA. “There is nothing

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