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CASA Child Advocates Program Updates | February 2021

By Marilyn McQueeney, CASA Child Advocates Program Director

Welcome new Case Supervisor, Shelly Ladden

The new year has brought a number of changes to CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County. We are thrilled to welcome Shelly Ladden to our staff as a Case Supervisor. Shelly has been an Advocate with us for several years and is pursuing her Master’s Degree in Social Work. Shelly is very passionate about the work we do at CASA and looks forward to making a difference in the lives of the children in care.

Jenn Engel takes over as Training Manager

We are also very excited to have Jennifer Engel taking over as the Training Manager with Ann Marie stepping into the role of Executive Director. Jenn will continue her work with CFE as well as handling all the training within our CASA program. Jenn is well known in our program and we look forward to her new role in training.

Continuing to serve every single child!

Since the start of our program year in September, 125 new children have come into care. Every one of those children has an Advocate assigned to them. We are go grateful to our Advocates for continuing the important work of working with every child along with their families as we all navigate through this pandemic. The work has not slowed down and neither have our Advocates with the challenges in the past year.  We are still covering 100% of the children in care in Montgomery County.

As I think over the past year, I am amazed and humbled by the work of our Advocates for the children of Montgomery County. Our Advocates have taken on all the twists and turns that the pandemic has thrown them and continued to do visitations in creative ways and master and the art of Zoom court. I am so incredibly thankful for every Advocate for their diligence in this work and their consistency in the lives of the vulnerable children in our community.