A Message from the Executive Director – October 2021
What an exciting time it is at CASA. We are very privileged to be continuing to expand our Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) Coaching for parents, placements, and caregivers. The purpose of the TBRI Coaching is to equip parents and caregivers with strategies to proactively meet a child’s needs, specifically for children who have experienced trauma and come from hard places. This means we are setting the stage for children to be successful in their behaviors. TBRI coaching is done one-on-one, and during each coaching session, one of our highly trained TBRI coaches observes, encourages and works with parents and caregivers on ways they can build connections with the child.
We also are very excited to have launched the Trauma Informed Montgomery County Task Force in September. You can read an article about our inaugural meeting here: https://hellowoodlands.com/trauma-informed-task-force-moves-forward-in-montgomery-county/. This cross disciplinary group will work towards expanding the community’s knowledge and understanding of childhood trauma. This will be critical in serving all the children in Montgomery County well.
Personally, I am in the thick of fall sports and activities with my five children. So when not at CASA, you can find me poolside at a swim practice, cheering at a cross country meet, watching a choir concert, or at a high school football game watching the band. These opportunities that my children have should be available to all children in care.
We have begun conversations with school districts about barriers children in care face when they wish to participate in extracurricular activities. Our goal is to enable more children to become connected to their school community through sports and music programs.
We could not serve every single child in care in Montgomery County without you. Whether you volunteer, attend events or donate know you make a difference. The stories we hear each day are heartbreaking but your support of CASA changes the life trajectory for these children.
Ann Marie Ronsman, MSN, RN, TBRI Practitioner