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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

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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

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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 »

2015 in Retrospect; 2016 Forging Ahead

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Remember those 2015 New Year’s Resolutions? Many are lost along the way, but some can be counted as gains. We’re proud to say we had many achievements in 2015. We’re not bragging, but actually asking for your help to continue working to improve the lives of and outcomes for abused and neglected children in 2016…. Read more »

Home for the Holidays

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“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.” ― Laura Ingalls Wilder

#Giving Tuesday and CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County

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With the holidays rapidly approaching, the season for giving has begun.  Everyone is familiar with Black Friday.  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 December 1st.

November 21st is National Adoption Day

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It’s almost time.  November 21st is National Adoption Day. More than 100,000 children in the United States are waiting for a loving home (52% male and 48% female). The average time a child spends in foster care is 4 years…4 years too long to wait for a permanent family and the affection every child needs.

Trauma Informed Care vs. Trauma Specific Treatment

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The word ‘trauma’ is used to describe emotionally painful and distressing experiences or situations that overwhelm a person’s ability to cope, rendering him or her powerless. Most of us can generally grasp the meaning of the word, but how many can actually empathize with the damage trauma causes? Trauma is widespread. At some point in… Read more »

HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS FOR THE KIDS

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Halloween is one of the most fun and celebrated holidays of the season, but it is also one of the most dangerous days of the year. An average of 5.5 pedestrians are killed every year on Halloween compared to 2.6 on any other day. It is easy to protect you and your children and avoid… Read more »