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Child Advocates of Montgomery County Recognized as TBRI® Ambassador

Child Advocates staff in front of building

CONROE, Texas (Feb. 14, 2024) — Child Advocates of Montgomery County was recently inducted as a TBRI® Ambassador Organization by TCU’s Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development (KPICD).

Founded in 1992, Child Advocates of Montgomery County provides advocacy and community education, supporting children and families to overcome crisis in order to thrive in a safe, nurturing environment. The organization currently utilizes TBRI® in many ways, including having TBRI® Practitioners on staff; providing TBRI® training to the community, including the court system, schools, and other CASA Programs; and offering TBRI® Coaching to parents and caregivers involved in the foster care system.

Child Advocates of Montgomery County has been the hub of TBRI® activity for its geographic area, touching many sectors in the child welfare space. KPICD Training Specialist, Troy McPeak, said, “In the past two years that I have known the team at Child Advocates of Montgomery County, they have been dedicated to making a huge impact in the lives of the youth and families in that community. They have branched out beyond simply being a trauma-informed agency and have touched so many other sectors through TBRI education and ongoing support, from juvenile justice, courts, the schools, and others. It is an honor and a blessing to see all the movement in Montgomery County related to TBRI, and Child Advocates of Montgomery County is the pulse of that movement, directly in the center of it all!”

Its ability to bring many sectors together in a common goal is what sets Child Advocates of Montgomery apart as a TBRI® Ambassador Organization.

TBRI® Ambassador Organizations are identified as key partners who have long-term relationships with the Purvis Institute and are furthering its mission at a systemic level using TBRI®, or Trust-Based Relational Intervention. TBRI® is an attachment-based, trauma-informed intervention that is designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children. TBRI® uses empowering principles to address physical needs, connecting principles to address relational needs, and correcting principles to disarm fear-based behaviors. TBRI® prioritizes connection as a path to healing for children and families who have experienced trauma. It has been used across a variety of contexts, and TBRI® Ambassadors have the distinction of using TBRI® to bring deep change in systems of care and practice.

Ann Marie Ronsman, President and CEO of Child Advocates of Montgomery County, added, “The Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development has been instrumental in our ability to impact children, families, and our community. We could not have done it without their guidance, encouragement, and support. They were experts on best practices and how to move obstacles so that we could grow our impact. Our community is forever changed by the investment KPICD made.”

The partnership multiplies the work of both Child Advocates of Montgomery County and KPICD.

Dr. Danica Knight, Rees-Jones Director, said, “After a careful review, it’s clear to us that Child Advocates of Montgomery County embodies and is committed to KPICD’s vision—to bring hope and healing to children around the world. You help to make this vision a reality by amplifying our impact and doing so with integrity, creativity, and tenacity.”

To learn more about KPICD and Child Advocates of Montgomery County, visit child.tcu.edu and CASASpeaks4Kids.com.


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