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, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Brigitte Southworth, email@example.com, if you might be interested!