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PROGRAM NOTES: SUMMER 2022
There is not a single month that our Advocates are not visiting their CASA children, reaching out to relatives, communicating with caseworkers and attorneys, talking with teachers, meeting with children’s doctors, writing court reports, attending family meetings, and making recommendations for the child’s best interest in court.
So far this year, 238 Advocates have been working toward the best possible outcome for over 500 children in care in Montgomery County. What an incredible labor of love advocates give each month to these abused and neglected children. CASA could not serve 100 percent of the children in Montgomery County without each one of them. Plus, the contributions that FITNESS PROJECT members have provided to support the efforts of CASA truly has helped make a difference in the lives of so many children and families.
YEAR-TO-DATE CASA PROGRAM STATISTICS
We’ve completed ten months of our Program Year, and the statistics and outcomes for this time period show the outstanding work of our Advocates:
- Over 150 new children have entered the care of CPS in the past ten months.
- Over 500 children have been served by 238 amazing Advocates in the past ten months.
- Our Advocates have logged over 15,000 case hours in Optima and driven over 125,000 miles in their CASA work in the past ten months.
- Over 75 percent of the children in the cases closed over the past ten months have been placed with family—either reunified with one or both parents, placed in the custody of a family member, or adopted by a family member.
- 100 percent of the children in care in this county are being served by CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County.
A MESSAGE FROM THE CASA PRESIDENT & CEO ANN MARIE RONSMAN
I’m grateful to have just returned from a wonderful family trip to Alaska and Washington. We took a cruise and enjoyed some wonderful family adventures. I am a wanderlust at heart, so traveling again was fantastic. This trip was extra special as we’re preparing for my oldest son to leave for college in just a few weeks. He will be studying business at Dallas Baptist University while running cross-country and track. I’m not sure my mama heart is ready, but I know he will do great things.
Here at CASA, we’re having a busy summer with our events preparing teens in foster care to learn some of the life skills they need to be successful after they age out. Julie Brown, our Teen Program Manager, has put together some exceptional events that teach nutrition, bike repair, gardening, and many other topics. These events are designed to get the children out of their RTCs (Residential Treatment Centers) or CWOP (Children Without Placement) living situations for some fun, connection, and learning. We would love for you to join us at one of our future events!
In life, there are no sure bets, except that CASA volunteers will rise to the occasion and make Montgomery County a safer place for children in foster care.
I wish you all a wonderful summer making memories in your flip-flops!
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