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2017 Annual Reports

March Volunteer Spotlight

Pamela Green – 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 Salisbury, Pam grew up on the Eastern Shore, as well as in Northern Virginia. After graduating from high school in Spotsylvania, VA, Pam returned to the Eastern Shore to assume a leadership position in tourism. She owned and operated an Ocean City hotel for 15 years. Pam later became a Certified Personal Fitness Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor to fulfill a passion for helping people meet their fitness goals and lead a healthy lifestyle.  Pam has a son, Dr. Steven Salvatore, who lives in New York with his wife.  Pam and her husband, Steve, are an adoptive family, with two small boys, Beckett (9) and Carson (8). As a proponent of adoption, Pam has done interviews with newspaper, radio and television outlets on adoption. She has also supported families through the arduous adoption process. As the parent of a special needs child, Pam sits on the Special Education Citizens Advisory Board for Worcester County and the Parent Autism Advisory board for Nemours/Alfred I, at DuPont Hospital. After a failed adoption in Florida left Pam and her husband longing for answers about what would happen to newborn twins, Pam saw a light. When a CASA volunteer was honored for his work with CASA by the couple’s newspaper, Pam read the article and instantly knew this was an organization that was calling her. Pam works alongside her husband publishing The Dispatch newspaper each week.  In between soccer, basketball and swim lessons, Pam also finds time to continue her work in the fitness field with her business Berlin Bootcamp.

BEST PART OF YOUR VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE: “I love when I visit the kids and see the smiles on their faces when they see me coming.  I know, at that moment, that I am bringing a little sunshine to their day.  I love that feeling of really being able to help that child or that family, and that this village we live in really can help each other.”

BIGGEST CHALLENGE YOU HAVE FACED: “My biggest challenge are the limits on what I can do for each child.  I am also very disappointed in the minimum amount that is required to comply with the state’s regulation on need.”

WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE OTHERS TO KNOW: “Being a CASA can be fun and it can be frustrating.  But ultimately, it leaves you with a feeling of fulfillment when you know you have helped a child in need.”

CASA PROGRAM STAFF STATEMENT ABOUT MAUREEN: Pam’s extensive knowledge and experience with the adoption process, and with children with special needs, make her especially well-suited to serve as a CASA. Perhaps her most outstanding attribute, however, is her genuine compassion for the children she serves. We are thankful her incredible ability to manage an exceedingly challenging personal life, while still managing to carve out time for some of the most vulnerable children in her community.

*While Pam’s background and experiences are exceptional, they are not necessary to become a CASA. 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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