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Navigating the World of Special Education Acronyms

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

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 »

Collaborative Family Engagement: Why it’s more crucial than ever for children in care.

By Jenn Engel, CASA Case Supervisor and Collaborative Family Engagement Lead Facilitator This is a crucial time to identify and maintain positive connections through Collaborative Family Engagement for our CASA children under CPS Care. Due to COVID-19, CASA Advocates and CASA staff have had to make several adjustments in Advocating for children in foster care… Read more »

TEA and School District Updates: 2020-2021 School Year

By Linda Chilcoat, CASA Case Supervisor and Education Team Lead The Texas Education Agency has provided all school districts in the state of Texas with some general guidelines for opening schools. Much leeway has been given to local districts in beginning the school year based on their county health guidelines. Here is the link for… Read more »

Great dads make the world go ’round.

I know because I had one. By Ann McAlpin | Executive Director, CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County When we were little, my dad danced me on his shoes. He took me to the pool every Sunday and cheered when I swam a lap or did an underwater somersault. He taught me how to hold… Read more »

Meet Kaleb, Kaylee, and Keisha

At the start Twins, Kaylee and Keisha, entered this world testing positive for drugs. Along with their older brother, Kaleb, the three spent their early years raised by their grandmother as their young parents continued to use drugs and make decisions that would put the siblings in danger. As the children grew older, the twins… Read more »

Today I want to tell you about my Aunt Mary Lou and a mother’s love.

By Ann McAlpin, Executive Director | CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County I wrote this letter before this pandemic, but I wanted to share it with you on this day dedicated to celebrating mothers. Because every child deserves to be loved the way my Aunt Mary Lou loved her daughter, Martha. I grew up playing… Read more »

Do you know what experts are saying about child abuse right now?

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things on the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are… Read more »

Leave a Legacy. Help Children in Foster Care.

Guest post by Susan and Andy Truscott We all want to help. Here’s how Susan and Andy Look at things. My name is Susan, and I am a Child Advocate, a Case Supervisor, focused upon providing compassion and strength to those children of Montgomery County who have found themselves in foster care, through no fault… Read more »

A Message from the Executive Director | Connections During This Time of Isolation

By Ann McAlpin, Executive Director | CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County In this time that is marked, even named, with isolation, I am finding surprising connections. Taking an unusual moment to thank the kid checking out my groceries (sadly, no toilet paper!) for working—and him making eye contact with genuine gratitude. A church service… Read more »