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A New Chapter: Continuing to Serve Every Single Child

By Ann Marie Ronsman, Executive Director | CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County A New Chapter Today begins a new chapter in the life of CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County. I am incredibly privileged for the opportunity to build upon the legacy that has been formed by Ann McAlpin, our staff, donors, board and… Read more »

CASA Child Advocates Proudly Announces 2020 Volunteer Award Recipients

Introduction By Marilyn McQueeney, CASA Program Director Due to COVID, we were unable to have our yearly gathering to honor you – our amazing Advocates. We believe we have the greatest Advocates in the world here in Montgomery County and honoring each and every one of you is something we love to do. You consistently… Read more »

A Look Back at 2020… Stepping Forward into 2021!

While we are certainly looking forward to 2021 and the good news it will hopefully bring with it, we also believe it’s important to take a moment to reflect on what we have accomplished together in 2020! In Reflection… In 2020: 350 volunteer Advocates served 680 children in foster care That’s 100% of children in… Read more »

December Board Spotlight: James E. Pung

Current CASA Board Chair, James Pung, SHARES HIS OWN THOUGHTS ON the importance of providing ADVOCATEs FOR CHILDREN IN FOSTER CARE This month, we invite you to meet the current CASA Board Chair, James Pung. James has been involved with CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County since 2012 in a variety of roles, including as… Read more »

CASA Child Advocates Introduces Pilot Mentoring Program for Teens in Care

By Melissa Anderson, Case Supervisor and CASA4Teens Program Coordinator The teenage years are a pivotal time – it’s a special season in life when kids wrestle with their identity, push for independence, and eventually come out on the other end as young adults. They pull on the leash of childhood, fighting for autonomy. And while… Read more »

CASA Child Advocates Program Updates | December 2020

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

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

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

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 »