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2017 Annual Reports

CASA Volunteers Sworn In

Congratulations to our newly appointed Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA’s! On Wednesday, May 9, The Honorable Judge Mary M. “Peggy” Kent, and Family Magistrate, Cathi Coates, Worcester County Circuit Court, 1st Judicial Circuit, addressed three newly trained WYFCS CASA volunteers before swearing them in as court-appointed advocates. The new volunteers are: Karleen Hagan, Tami Pearl, and Nancy Windsor.
Pictured, from left to right: Family Magistrate, Cathi Coates, Angie Manos, CASA supervisor, Brigitte Southworth, CASA director, The Honorable Judge Mary M. “Peggy” Kent, and Karleen Hagan, Tami Pearl, and Nancy Windsor.

10th Annual Pirate Party

WYFCS PIRATE PARTY — POSTPONED TO FRIDAY, JUNE 1ST!
This years Pirate Party is co-chaired by Joe Kendall from Kendall Furniture and Buddy Trala from Sunset Grille! 
Get your pirate garb ready! This will be the biggest party yet, you won’t want to miss it!
 
Tickets are on sale now at WYFCS, Kendall Furniture in West OC and Kendall Furniture in Fenwick. Skip the waiting line by purchasing your ticket ahead of time!
$49 a ticket gets you free grub, 2 drink tickets, raffles and prizes.
 
Check out our Facebook for our awesome Pirates!
 
Huge thank you to our sponsors!
Atlantic Physical Therapy
Ayers Creek Adventures
Bergey and Company
Cards Technology
Castle In The Sand
Church Mouse Thrift Shop
Cross Fit Ocean City
D3 Corp
Dough Roller
Duckaneer
New Wave
Pohanka of Salisbury
Reese Cropper III
All proceeds benefit Worcester Youth and Family and the children of Worcester County.

May Volunteer Spotlight

Frank Dickson – Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)

DUTIES: Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA’s) are trained to advocate for children in the child welfare system. A CASA develops a relationship with the child he/she advocates for and closely follows the child’s case to ensure the child receives needed services. The ultimate goal is seeing the child placed in a safe, permanent home.

PERSONAL BACKGROUND:  Born in Moultrie, Georgia, Frank was living in the Baltimore area by the age of three. He graduated from Mount Saint Joseph High School and then attended Loyola University where he majored in English Literature and Military Science, ROTC. He next attended officers training at Fort Benning, Georgia, and served 5 years in the Army Reserves in Maryland. Eventually, Frank obtained a Masters of Education in Guidance and Counseling, as well as a certification in Pupil Personnel Services. Frank worked in the Baltimore County school system as a high school guidance counselor and retired from there before moving to Ocean Pines, nearly 20 years ago.

Frank has 2 children and a supportive wife, Jeanne. When not advocating for children, Frank enjoys playing tennis and golf. He also continues his self study system of spiritual awakening via an online learning program.

This month Frank celebrated the adoption of two children he advocated for over the last two years.  Frank is a humble man, who does not take much credit for his efforts, but he was pleased when in his advocacy efforts resulted in a child getting much needed medical treatment for a developmental delay he was facing.

BEST PART OF YOUR VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE: “The best part of being a CASA is being a part of the healing process of children who are in need of assistance. I find being a CASA is a spiritual awakening”

BIGGEST CHALLENGE YOU HAVE FACED: “The most challenging part of being a CASA is the complexity of communication.”

WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE OTHERS TO KNOW: “I would like others to know that many of the children we work with don’t have father figures in their lives. There is a tremendous need for males to get involved with the children in their local CASA programs.”

CASA PROGRAM STAFF STATEMENT ABOUT FRANK: Frank’s background in counseling, in school administration, and especially in child development, have greatly benefitted the children for whom he has advocated. Frank is a dedicated and dependable volunteer. On his last case, Frank visited the children weekly for 2 years. The WYF CASA program has been fortunate to have Frank as a member of our team for more than 16 years!

*While Frank’s credentials are exceptional, they are not necessary to become a CASA or help a child achieve a brighter future. WYFCS’ CASA is currently accepting applications for new volunteers. Please contact Angie Manos, amanos@gowoyo.org, or Brigitte Southworth, bsouthworth@gowoyo.org, if you might be interested!


WYFCS Receives Grants to Expand Access to Mental Healthcare

On Wednesday, December 6, WYFCS received two grants that will expand access to mental healthcare in the region. The Maryland Community Health Resources Commission and the The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Inc. contributed $125,000 each to support service expansion at WYFCS. The grants will enable WYFCS to hire two clinicians to provide mental health services. Our agency can’t thank these two phenomenal organizations enough for their support!


CASA Volunteers Needed

WYFCS is recruiting volunteers for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). A CASA volunteer, is a court-appointed, trained, and committed adult who represents and advocates for a child’s best interest in the child protection system. By becoming a CASA volunteer, you can help keep abused and neglected children safe, giving them a chance at finding happiness. If interested, please contact Brigitte Southworth at 410-641-4598.


Non-Profit of the Year

Worcester Youth and Family is proud to receive the Non-Profit of the Year Award through the Greater Ocean City, Maryland Chamber of Commerce! WYFCS has been serving the community since 1975 and we continually strive to increase awareness about mental health and make a difference in the lives of the people we serve. Thank you everybody for the support!


Angels In Adoption Honoree

WYFCS has been nominated by Senator Chris Van Hollen and named one of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) Angels in Adoption honorees.  The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to raising awareness about the millions of children around the world in need of permanent, safe, and loving homes and to eliminating the barriers that hinder these children from realizing their basic right to a family. Each year, the Angels in Adoption program honor a wide spectrum of individuals and organizations making extraordinary contributions to adoption, permanency and child welfare.


Best Of Psychologist: Dr. Jennifer Leggour

Congratulations to Dr. Jen, Psy.D. on receiving the Coastal Style Best Of Award for Psychologist! Dr. Jen has been practicing for over 20 years and has been with WYFCS for the past 9 years. WYFCS and the community is lucky to have her as she is both an expert in the profession and an amazing Clinical Director. Thank you Dr. Jen for all that you do!


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