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CASA Child Advocates Program Updates | December 2020

Marilyn McQueeney

By 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… Read more »

A Season to Give Back: The Many Ways You Can Make a Difference

Child with Teddy Bear

By Ann McAlpin, Executive Director, CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County As 2020 comes to a close, we know that 2021 is filled with possibilities. For kids in foster care, 2021 could be the year they leave the system for a safe, permanent and loving home. With a dedicated Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer,… Read more »

The Training Spot | December 2020

Ann Marie Ronsman

By Ann Marie Ronsman, CASA Training Director & TBRI Practitioner A Year in Review To our Advocates, thank you for all your diligence this year learning new ways to serve our children in this COVID world. Thank you for learning Zoom so you could build connection, both with your CASA children but also with each… Read more »

CASA Child Advocates Program Updates | October 2020

Little girl making a heart

By Marilyn McQueeney, CASA Child Advocates Program Director We have recently completed our 2020 Program year (9/1/2019 – 8/31/2020). During the past year, 302 Advocates served 665 children in care in Montgomery County. There were 250 new children brought into care during this time. We have sworn in 85 new Advocates. And by far most importantly, we have continued to serve… Read more »

The Training Spot | October – November 2020

Ann Marie Ronsman

By Ann Marie Ronsman, CASA Training Director & TBRI Practitioner Happy fall y’all! (Can a Wisconsin girl say that?) 2020 Fall Conference I hope you have enjoyed our virtual fall conference. All fall conference training must be completed by October 15th. Please make sure to document your learning in Optima. Drip Learning We took a… Read more »

Don’t Forget About the Family Dog

Family Engagment

By Jenn Engel, CASA Case Supervisor and Collaborative Family Engagement Lead Facilitator Our CASA Advocates and Supervisors are doing an excellent job implementing the CFE tools and working with others on the CFE team to ensure our CASA children have connections with positive, familiar adults while under CPS care and in a pandemic. Although family… Read more »

SUPERHERO Craft Packet and Outdoor Scavenger Hunt for Kids!

Scavenger Hunt Sheet

As we finally enjoy some relief from the southeast Texas heat, and as the 2020 CASA Superhero Run kicks off virtually, we’ve created a fun SUPERHERO-themed activity packet for kids! The packet contains easy at-home craft ideas, as well as an outdoor scavenger hunt. Download the kids’ activity packet here. Advocates, download a version of… Read more »

Navigating the World of Special Education Acronyms

Children at school

By Linda Chilcoat, CASA Case Supervisor and Education Team Lead Recently, you received an invitation to attend an ARD for your LD CASA child to review their IEP, develop a BIP and consider an ED evaluation by a LSSP. Got it??? Educators are quite adept at using common acronyms in their conversations with parents and… Read more »

Advocate Spotlight: The Bike Guys

Child riding bike

Did you know??? Three CASA Advocates started a bike program about a year ago for children in foster care in our county. They recently sent us an update, so we’re passing it on and sharing with you! From “The Bike Guys” – Ron Finch, Randall Cade, and Paul Vallone: WHAT WE HAVE DONE We have… Read more »