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Finding Home: A Success Story for April and Her CASA Advocate


April’s mother was proud of the fact that five-year-old April slept in bed beside her every night, even as an array of strange men occupied the bed on the other side. A neighbor, concerned about April’s safety, contacted Child Protective Services, and April was removed from a dangerous situation.

Identifying the Different Types of Child Abuse


Today, 185 children will be maltreated in Texas. Last year, more than 65,000 cases of abuse and neglect were confirmed in Texas alone. One in four girls are sexually abused before their eighteenth birthday, and one in six boys suffer sexual abuse. Here we identify the four main types of child maltreatment with the hope… Read more »

Risk Factors for Child Abuse and Neglect


Research has revealed many risk factors or attributes associated with child maltreatment. These risk factors may potentially contribute to child abuse and neglect.

Senator Unveils New Bill To Keep Children Out of Foster Care


We are CASA. An organization of volunteers that fights to provide abused and neglected children safe, permanent, homes. As we say, our goal is permanency for the child. When possible, our first objective is to try to reunite children with their families. Sometimes the situation can be resolved when the child is temporarily removed from… Read more »

Warning Signs of Child Abuse and Neglect


The four main types of child maltreatment are physical abuse, neglect, sexual abuse, and emotional abuse. “Physical Abuse is physical injury that results in significant harm to the child, or the honest threat of substantial harm dealt from physical injury to the child. Neglect is failure to provide for a child’s basic needs necessary to… Read more »

We’ve Reached a Milestone! And Hope Our Future Is Just As Bright!


The mission of CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County is to “provide and promote court-appointed volunteer advocacy so that every abused and neglected child can have the opportunity to thrive in a safe, nurturing, and permanent home.” In June of 2015, CASA accomplished its mission to provide an Advocate for each abused and neglected child… Read more »

Child Abuse and Neglect Statistics


National child abuse statistics are alarming and difficult to accept. ‘How can this happen in our country, in our state, and in my community?’ you ask. Children are our most valuable resource, yet in too many instances, children fall victim to abuse and neglect—and in the most disturbing circumstances—may die at the hands of their… Read more »

Foster Care Examined and Simplified


In this country, hundreds of thousands of children are in the foster care system, which means that many are living without permanent homes and families.  About one-third of these children are eligible for adoption but will wait an average of more than three years before being adopted.  Some will be separated from their brothers and… Read more »

Supreme Court of Texas Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families


The Supreme Court of Texas Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth, and Families was created November 20, 2007.  In 2010, when the founder of the Commission, Justice Harriet O’Neill, retired from the Supreme Court, Justice Eva Guzman, Supreme Court of Texas, was appointed. This executive-level assembly is led by judges developing and coordinating efforts to… Read more »

Hispanic Children Make up 33% of Foster Care Population in Texas


Hispanic/Latino children make up over one-third of the state’s foster care population, although they comprise only 22% of Texas’ overall child population. These children are suddenly taken from their homes because of maltreatment, and, in many instances, thrust into a new foster home environment that is completely dissimilar to the community they are accustomed to…. Read more »