Paul Duggan's excellent article, "A Child's Friend in Court" {Maryland Weekly, Jan. 7}, adroitly condensed the dramatic story of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate), a nationwide program recently introduced into Maryland by the Montgomery County Section of the National Council of Jewish Women.

It is unfortunate that space limitations prevented any description of the enormous handicaps (cramped facilities and insufficient staff) over which the two caring and highly qualified judges in Montgomery County Juvenile Court preside.

When we first set about surveying the community to determine whether a corps of trained volunteers as advocates for abused and neglected children would be welcome in Juvenile Court, Judges Douglas Moore and John Tracey welcomed the CASA prospect enthusiastically. They described the severe difficulties that pitted their overlong dockets against underfunded, overworked courtrooms and personnel. They immediately recognized the value of volunteer investigators, and agreed to assist in the training and certification -- even in the start-up federal funding. Social workers, juvenile attorneys, police officers, school officials and pediatricians helped as much as they could.

Despite the court's move to refurbished quarters, the two courtrooms are even more cramped, and the staff still starkly insufficient -- even though the number of abused and neglected children in the county is growing.

So now, in addition to assigning and supervising the 50 CASA trained volunteers, and trying to raise funds to support the office at 50 Monroe St. in Rockville, we at CASA take note of the need to advocate for adequate facilities, courtrooms and staff. For the primary job of all of us -- whether professional or volunteer -- is to seek, by whatever means necessary, the permanent placement of troubled children, most of whom are in court through no fault of their own.

EVA MEYERSON Chairman, Montgomery County CASA Committee FLORENCE SELDEN Vice Chairman, CASA Rockville