Last year in Montgomery County,
- There were 503 confirmed victims of child abuse or neglect.
- Nearly 4 children each week entered foster care, victims of abuse or neglect.
- 44% of child abuse or neglect victims were under the age of 5.
CASA volunteers speak up for the best interest of abused and neglected children in the foster care system. In 2015, 233 volunteer Advocates served 560 abused and neglected children in Montgomery County (100% of new abuse/neglect cases). In June of 2015, we reached a milestone – our Advocates were able to serve every child in need in Montgomery County.
Although in 2015, CASA was able to provide an Advocate for every abused and neglected child in need, Executive Director, Ann McAlpin, is quick to remind the community that this could change in an instant, “Of course, we are grateful to have reached this achievement, but it does not diminish our need to recruit and train more Advocates. Children are coming into the foster care system in Montgomery County at a rate of almost 4 each week, and we want to maintain our ability to accept every single case and speak up for every child.”
It costs $1,500 per year to provide an Advocate for one child. The CASA I Am For the Child campaign is CASA’s annual campaign to support our local program and help ensure that no child slips through the cracks of an overburdened foster care system. Your gift DOES change lives.
Please join us and say, “I am for the child in Montgomery County…today.”
Thank you for your support for our county’s most vulnerable children.