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CASA Child Advocates Program Updates | December 2020

Marilyn McQueeneyBy Marilyn McQueeney, CASA Child Advocates Program Director

Since September 1st (which is the start of our new program year) 80 new children have come into care in our county due to abuse and neglect. This is a 25% increase over the same time last year.

As we head into the holidays, over 400 children are in care in Montgomery County. Thankfully, every one of those children has an Advocate working for their best interest. We are so blessed in Montgomery County to have over 300 Advocates who are willing to go above and beyond for their CASA children.

Whether you have been an Advocate for 15 years or for 15 days – thank you from the bottom of my heart for choosing to care about the abused and neglected children in our county and choosing to make a difference in their lives. We could not do this work without each one of you giving your time, talents, and compassion to each one of them.

This year in particular, with all the ups and downs and challenges we have experienced with the pandemic, my gratitude to you is immense for your continuing this vital and important work for the children and their families. I wish you all a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season.