In 1998, Kathy and Mike Dugan, parents of eight children adopted from the Prince George’s County foster care system, struggled in vain to find a family therapist who understood the impact of adoption on children’s lives. So the Dugans became unintentional philanthropists: they created the Center for Adoption Support and Education, and their vision has since helped over 6,000 adoptive families in the region. Estimates suggest that three-quarters of school-age children in foster care (many of CASE's children have spent time in the system) experience abuse, and one-quarter experience post-traumatic stress disorder – which is exacerbated by the trauma of multiple foster care placements. Depression, anxiety, aggression, and fear are common problems, and they can challenge a family's survival. CASE offers adoption-competent therapy for children, parents, and families of all adoptive experiences; therapy and counseling for children whose age or circumstances create added challenges in finding permanent homes; and training and education for hundreds of professionals about the unique challenges of adoption. If this is your cause, you have found your home.

Headquarters: MD-Montgomery County

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Statewide; MD-Montgomery County; MD-Prince George's County; VA-Statewide; VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-Loudoun County; VA-Prince William County; VA-City of Alexandria; VA-City of Fairfax; VA-City of Falls Church

Age Groups Served: Pre-K (3-4); Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); All

Population(s) Served: All


  • Number of counseling clients (children and families) served in 2015:   408
  • Increased delivery of counseling sessions in 2015:   12.7% (5,017 sessions)
  • Number of mental health professionals trained to better serve adoptive and foster families:   865
  • Percent of professionals trained to be adoption competent who report improvements in how they serve clients:   100%
  • Number of participants registered for educational webinars in 2015:   2,472

Awards & Recognition

2016 - GuideStar Gold Seal of Transparency

2015 - Adoption Excellence Award, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to C.A.S.E. CEO, Debbie Riley

2015 - Professional of the Year Award, Maryland Resource Parent Association, to C.A.S.E. Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Recruiter, Adrienne Jubilee

2014 - Dunkin Donut Community Hero Award, to C.A.S.E. CEO, Debbie Riley

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Budget (FY2015)

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