CASA is expanding its advocacy efforts for children beyond the child welfare system in the fall of 2023. The organization will work with justice-involved youth (juvenile justice) and truancy courts in Montgomery County, in collaboration with Judge Scharlene W. Valdez and Judge Wayne L. Mack. This pilot initiative is the first of its kind in the state of Texas.
Child advocacy in any setting is at the core of what CASA does. CASA Advocates build connections with children, families, teachers, and medical providers. They ensure children and families get the resources they need.
Justice-Involved Youth and Truancy provides an additional opportunity to leverage the skills and experience of the organization.
This initiative will allow CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County to serve new populations of children and help families. The organization’s volunteer Advocates will work closely with justice-involved youth and truancy courts to ensure that children and families receive the support and connection to the resources they need to succeed and thrive.
There are CASA programs in other states already providing advocacy for justice-involved youth or for youth involved in the truancy courts. CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County is the first CASA program to implement this pilot in the state of Texas. Experienced Advocate and Case Supervisor Mike Quinn will lead the pilot initiative for CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County.
For more information about this pilot program, please contact Mike Quinn at Mike@CASASpeaks4Kids.com.