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Crisp Apples in the Fall and the Importance of Connections

By Ann McAlpin, Executive Director Last week I went to Minnesota for the wedding of my first cousin once removed. I kind of got roped into this by my sister, who promised me crisp fall air, apples right off the tree, and the world’s best, most creamy straight-from-the-cow ice cream. It wasn’t quite like that… Read more »

Help Our County’s Most Vulnerable Children on #GivingTuesday

With the holidays rapidly approaching, the season for giving has begun. Everyone is familiar with Black Friday and Cyber Monday. However, how many know what Giving Tuesday is? It is a movement to create a national day of giving. Giving Tuesday is the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving, and this year occurs on November 28th. In… Read more »

Helpful Resources and Links for Flood Victims | CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County

This post provides some of the links and resources that we have pulled together to help flood victims in Montgomery County and the greater Houston area. DOWNLOAD. GENERAL FLOOD SAFETY INFORMATION Flooding Safety Guide: https://www.directline.com/home-cover/minimise-flood-damage Flood Planning & Preparation: http://www.polygongroup.com/resources/flood-preparation-planning/ Montgomery County and Greater Houston Area Greater Houston Resources: Houston Food Bank – Agency Locator: http://www.houstonfoodbank.org/agency-locator/ Shelter… Read more »

How to Train a Child for a 5K Run

A great way to spend time with your child and practice a more active lifestyle in the process is running together. The rewards are actually triple fold—this sport offers a long-term chance to bond! Many parents are looking for a means to become closer with their children. Working toward a common goal is a definite… Read more »

Urgent Call for New Volunteers to Become Advocates

CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County is in urgent need of new volunteers to serve as Advocates for children in foster care who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect. As of June 26th, CASA had already received cases involving 604 children for the year.  CASA is already above the total… Read more »

Father’s Day: Kids Need Positive Role Models in Their Lives

By Ann McAlpin Executive Director, CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County Great dads make the world go ‘round. I know because I had one. When we were little, my dad danced me on his shoes. He took me to the pool every Sunday and cheered when I swam a lap or did an underwater somersault. He… Read more »

Aging Out of Foster Care: Setting Youth on the Path to Success

Youth at-risk: An Uncertain Future Last year in Montgomery County, approximately 6% of the youth served by CASA “aged out” of care. Youth age out of the foster care system when they achieve age-defined adulthood at 18. This typically means these young people were not able to benefit from reuniting with their family or a… Read more »

CASA: A Complete Picture

This video tells the story of Kayana, who recently aged out of foster care, and some of the adults that came into contact with her during her time in the foster care system. <iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/lC4uk_IaZig” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>

Parenting a Child Who Has Experienced Trauma


Understanding the repercussions that abuse and/or neglect has on a child can seem overwhelming. The child has been exposed to a form of trauma that no child should have to experience. Foster parents, adoptive parents or other caregivers may misunderstand the child’s behavior and make ineffective or possibly harmful attempts to correct the behavior. Armed… Read more »

Every Child Deserves a Chance. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month


April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month, and throughout the year, we encourage all individuals and organizations to play a role in making our community and Montgomery County a better place for children and families. By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children, we can… Read more »