Program Notes: January 2023
Happy 2023! I’m always a little excited for the start of a new year. I hope you’re feeling energized for the coming year, too, after an enjoyable holiday season with your family and friends.
Program year-to-Date statistics
Since September 1, 2022, 43 new children have come into care in our county due to abuse and neglect. We have served 350 children since September, and there are currently 300 children in care in Montgomery County. Thankfully, every one of those children has an Advocate working for their best interest.
Of the children whose cases have closed out since September 2022, 55 percent have been placed with family—reunified, adopted by a relative, or custody given to a relative. We are so blessed in Montgomery County to have over 200 Advocates who are willing to go above and beyond for children in care and their families. We could not do this work without each one of you giving generously of your time, talents, and compassion to each one of the children.
Program Update Training
It was great to meet in person with so many of our Advocates in November and December to discuss the policy changes for 2023. If you were unable to attend one of those meetings, I’ll be in touch with you in the next few weeks to set up a time for us to meet. Every Advocate must receive this training and be aware of the policy changes.
CASA in 2023
I’m looking forward to working with you in 2023. We are expanding our work with teens in care, continuing the vital work of TBRI with our families, and moving ahead with Collaborative Family Engagement in new ways. Trauma-informed advocacy and finding family connections are more important than ever in the work we do. Thank you for all your efforts in advocating for the children of Montgomery County.
Marilyn McQueeney, TBRI Practitioner