IN THIS NEWSLETTER: Spring FriendRaiser Recap | Welcome New Staff | Upcoming Trainings | A Child Is Waiting | Volunteer Spotlights | Upcoming Pre-Service Training | Volunteer Anniversaries | Donors Making a Difference

Thank You For Attending Our Spring Friend-Raiser!

Thank you so much to everyone who attended our Spring FriendRaiser at Denizens Brewing Co. for an afternoon of games and fun, all while supporting our mission.

Voices for Children Montgomery is happy to welcome our newest case supervisor to the VFCM team, DeAngela Alexander!

Originally from Virginia, DeAngela is a graduate of Mary Baldwin College, in Staunton, Va, where she earned her bachelor's degree in social work. She has an extensive background in working with vulnerable populations, including at-risk youth in Honduras. During her career, DeAngela has worked at ChildHelp in Virginia, was a unit social worker at Piedmont Geriatric Hospital in Burkeville, VA, and was a Child Protective Services worker for Madison County Department of Social Services, where she conducted safety and risk-of-harm assessments. In addition, DeAngela has worked as a community-based counselor for Chrysalis Counseling Centers, where she provided mental health support to children and their families, and she has experience providing intensive case management to individuals and families experiencing homelessness through her work at Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission. Before coming to VFCM, DeAngela was a support planner for the Coordinating Center, an organization that supports children, youth, adults and seniors with complex medical needs and disabilities. DeAngela resides in Ellicott City with her fiance and is planning a January wedding!  

Given her extensive training and background in working with at risk populations, we believe DeAngela is a great fit for VFCM, and, we are excited to welcome DeAngela to the VFCM team!

Upcoming Trainings

  • CASA Connections, July 24, 2023, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Fall Volunteer Training, starts September 23, 2023
More Information

A Child Is Waiting

Tyler* is a 16-year-old young man who came into foster care after he and his five siblings were physically abused in his adoptive home. He and his siblings have been placed into six different placements and they are all trying to adjust to their lives in foster care. Tyler is struggling with academic and mental health issues and could greatly benefit from having a CASA volunteer in his corner. 

Volunteer Spotlights

Adam Carlesco was appointed as the CASA for 18-year-old Jason* in August 2022. At the time, Jason was living with a relative, as his mother was unable to care for him and his father was not involved in his life. Jason was chronically absent from school, getting into fights, and eventually found himself without family support. Jason became involved with the Department of Juvenile Services (DJS), and was placed in a youth detention facility. While there, Jason’s family did not contact or visit him. Adam was consistent in his efforts to reach Jason and his treatment team and to demonstrate that he was going to be a presence in Jason’s life. Jason has since stepped down to a residential setting, and Adam has worked hard to encourage Jason to meet his potential and focus on his growth. Jason is now earning As and Bs in school, is engaged in mental health treatment, and is on the path to reunification with his mother. 

Melody Elliott has been working with 7-year-old Jamie since February 2021. Jamie came to the attention of the Court in 2018 when Child Welfare Services (CWS) began a neglect investigation. The reported concerns included the home's condition, which was described as being in a condemned state with no running water, toilets full of fecal matter, missing drywall, and general filth. Additionally, CWS was concerned that Jamie was not receiving medical care. In December 2018, Jamie was placed in foster care. Jamie has resided in her current foster placement since January 2019. Jamie and her current foster family are currently working toward adoption. Melody has been able to foster a positive relationship with Jamie and continues to advocate in her best interest. 

*Names changed and photos are not of CASA children

Upcoming Pre-Service Training

for Prospective Volunteers

Fall 2023



9:00 AM to 4:30 PM



6:00 PM to 9:30 PM



9:00 AM to 4:30 PM



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Volunteer Anniversaries

Thank you to each of the following CASA volunteers for your years of service and dedication to helping vulnerable children and youth. Happy Anniversary! 

13 Years

Michele Hamilton

12 Years

Sandra-Lynn Berson

10 Years

Laura Brown

9 Years

Jewel Butler

Carrie Sypes

8 Years

Jack Krakower

John Pettibone

Kimberly Raue

7 Years

John Belliveau

6 Years

Katherine Freeman

Patrice Furlow

Joshua Shaw

3 Years

Margaret Erickson

Marisa Kish

Thomas Kuczajda

Cosette Melcher

Barbara Romanoff

Louise Shaw-Barry

2 Years

Carmel Amero

Terry Berriman

Stacey Blanchard

Ann Bradley

Lauren Efird

Laurie Ensworth

Annette Levey

Karen Lin

John Manthei

Kiersten Newtoff

Sheila O'Connell

Laura Searles

Amanda Strite

Amber Tedesco

Jamie Thompson

Andrea Witt

1 Year

Leanora Berthiaume

Sandra Acosta Castro

Adam Carlesco

Taylor Cover

Kalai Diaz

Erika Dunbar

Christy Giulieri

Soyini Glasgow

Harold Kerr

Carol Knoblach

Jaslynn Laurence

Jessica Lund

Laurie Matthews

Leslie Rivera

Sarah Solomon

Donors Making a Difference

Donations received from February 28, 2023 through July 17, 2023

Thank you to everyone who made a donation or bought tickets to our Friend-Raiser! Because of you, we are able to continue to advocate for children in Montgomery County foster care.


  • Valerie Altstadt
  • Loris Ayirebi
  • Alyssa Bain
  • Jack Berry
  • Ashley Briefel
  • John Celestand
  • Anne Dean
  • Kayla Elliot
  • Steven Engel
  • Barbara Faigen
  • Jennifer Fairfax
  • Edward Fisher
  • Elisabeth Fisher
  • Kim Ford
  • Nerissa Hamilton-vom Baur
  • Al-Tariq Harris
  • Robin Harris
  • Alysse Henkel
  • Margie Hofberg

In honor of Sogand Zamani

  • James Kirby
  • Martha Landesberg
  • Maleka Lawrence
  • Ezra Lizio-Katzen
  • Select Lounge
  • Jennifer McCartney
  • Terry Melo
  • Liora Moriel
  • Caroline Nealon
  • Jeannette O'Connor
  • Chito Okoye

In memory of Edith N. Okoye

  • Anne O'Neil-Henry
  • Clare Overmann
  • Jarrett Perlow
  • Indrick Prayerhills
  • Karin Rudolph

In honor of Clare Overmann

  • Braulio Salas
  • Harriet Siberas
  • Travis & Rachel Stalcup
  • Tracy Stuger
  • Jessica Swope
  • Sharon Tucker
  • Lucia Wahed
  • Suzanne Waltzer
  • Kate Woodward
  • Norca Yarborough
  • Tadu Yimam
  • Diane Young
  • Laura Young

Special Thanks

  • Giant Food: Bags for My Cause
  • The Mary Daly MacFarland Foundation
  • The Michael & Gina Barr Family Charitable Fund

In memory of Laleh Eshkevari

  • Microsoft
  • Microsoft Rewards: Giving with Bing
  • PNC Matching Gifts Program
  • United Health Group

Become a CASA Volunteer!!

Be the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer that every child in Montgomery County, Maryland’s foster care system needs. CASA volunteers bring a variety of experiences to their work as advocates on behalf of abused and neglected children.



Voices for Children Montgomery depends on donations from people like you to continue its work. Make a donation today to help us reach our goal of serving ALL children in foster care in Montgomery County by 2026. Thank you!

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Voices for Children Montgomery is a private, 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and receives partial funding from the Montgomery County Dept. of Health and Human Services and the Administrative Office of the Courts Dept. of Juvenile and Family Services.