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Program Notes: December 2021

We have just completed the first quarter of the new program year. Since September 1st, 42 new children have come into care in our county due to abuse and neglect. As we head into the holidays, over 350 children are in care in Montgomery County. Thankfully, every one of those children has an Advocate working… Read more »

A Message from the President & CEO – December 2021

The holidays, while a time of joy for so many, are a time that accentuates loss for children in care. Even children in caring placements have a loss of tradition and family. This is even further magnified for children in Residential Treatment Centers (RTCs), psychiatric hospitals, and for Children Without Placement (CWOP). When I was… Read more »

Important News from CASA Child Advocates!

November 23, 2021 I have some exciting news to share with you this holiday season… We’ve moved! Just last week, CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County, the county’s only organization appointed by the court to advocate for abused and neglected children, moved our offices to the historic Falvey-Miller House at 505 North Main Street in… Read more »

Support children in foster care in our county… While you shop for the holidays!

SHOP AMAZONSMILE Sign up and shop on AmazonSmile (and if you choose, designate “Child Advocates of Montgomery County” as the beneficiary of your generosity…) Shoppers who start at https://smile.amazon.com will find the same Amazon they know and love, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the price of eligible purchases to the… Read more »

November Advocate Spotlight: Erica Avedikian

This month, we invite you to meet CASA Advocate, Erica Avedikian. Nominated by her CASA Case Supervisor, Shelly Ladden, Erica was kind enough to write a few words about her experience as an Advocate. As a Court-Appointed Special Advocate, I’ve witnessed firsthand the importance of CASA in the child welfare system. An Advocate provides a… Read more »

2021 CASA Board of Directors: Officers and Members

On Thursday, November 18, 2021, the CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County Board held its first meeting under the leadership of Board Chair, Clay McCollor, and announced its next Vice-Chair, Sandy Petermann-Williams. It was also the first Board meeting for incoming members Mark Freeman (EnerCorp), Catherine Miller, Amy Smedley (Huntsman Corporation), and Dr. Tamika Taylor… Read more »

CFE Helps Reunify Family Across State Lines

By Jenn Engel, Training Manager, TBRI Practitioner & CFE Lead CASA became involved in a case involving a two-year-old and a one-year old in July of 2021, even before the first scheduled Adversary hearing.  It was a unique situation where the mother and children were here from another state. Due to limited information, the COVID-19 … Read more »

Program Notes: October 2021

By Marilyn McQueeney, CASA Program Director I love this time of year when the days start to be a bit cooler and we head into the holidays. At CASA, this is the time of year we close out one program year and start a new one. Amazing work was done for the children in Montgomery… Read more »

A Message from the Executive Director – October 2021

Happy fall, y’all… Can a Wisconsinite say that? What an exciting time it is at CASA. We are very privileged to be continuing to expand our Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) Coaching for parents, placements, and caregivers. The purpose of the TBRI Coaching is to equip parents and caregivers with strategies to proactively meet a… Read more »

September Advocate Spotlight: Ed Felman

This month, we invite you to meet CASA Advocate, Ed Felman. Thanks so much to Ed for taking the time to answer a few questions for us. Ed was nominated by his CASA Case Supervisor, Melissa Anderson, who shared the following about Ed and his advocacy efforts: “Ed became a CASA Advocate at the very beginning… Read more »