The Advocate Advisor
CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County
 
Jan./Feb. 2017
Program Notes
By Pat Creighton 
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From September through November of 2016: 
  • We received and accepted 90 new children, a 90% increase over the same time period last year.
  • We served 432 children
  • None of this would have been possible without the efforts of 195 dedicated volunteers
  • You were responsible for the reunification of 10 children and the adoption of 15 children
  • Because of you, 9 children were placed in the custody of a relative, 11 children received family services, and every new child had an assigned Advocate. 
While I am not sure what the New Year will bring, I do know that because of you, it will hold hope and possibility for hundreds of children in Montgomery County. God bless and Happy New Year!
 
Sincerely,
 
Pat Creighton
Program Director

 
By Kim Ayres
Monthly Education Committee Meetings:
Regular monthly meeting schedule resumes in January! Monthly education committee meetings are held the 4th Wednesday of each month from 2-4 pm at the CASA office. Advocates are encouraged to contact your supervisor and/or Kim Ayres with immediate needs. 
 
Please consider utilizing this resource of veteran educators if you have questions or concerns about your CASA child’s education. No question is too big or too small. We are here for you!
 
HELPFUL LINKS:
 

 
The Volunteer Council Corner
By Susan Olver
2016 CPS Appreciation Luncheon
 
The CASA Montgomery County Volunteer Council will hold their next Advocate Gathering and Support Meeting on Thursday, January 12th at 6:30 pm in the home of Advocate Laurie Schoepf in The Woodlands. We will have an informal meeting where we will encourage Advocates to freely discuss their current case (or one from the past) that they’ve struggled with, including questions, frustrations, and situations that were difficult.
 
Please note, this gathering is only meant for the Advocate to have a safe, confidential place to discuss their case. Advocates do not give advice on how to proceed on a specific issue/case. All Advocates should be working very closely with their supervisor for direction. There will be a supervisor in attendance, which will be extremely helpful in guiding the discussion.
 
You will receive two hours of continuing education credit for your attendance.
 
Please RSVP to Susan Olver at casasolver@gmail.com before January 9, 2017 if you would like to attend. 
 
Driving directions will be sent the week of the meeting.

 
Legislative Outlook
By Ann McAlpin
 
Just a reminder, the CASA Day at the Capitol is coming up on February 16, 2017.
 
What is the CASA Day at the Capitol? This one-day event is attended by hundreds of CASA volunteers and staff from across the state during the Texas legislative session. The day normally begins with a briefing of big picture issues for the Legislative Session, an overview of any new legislation in process and detailed information on Texas CASA legislative priorities. The day continues with panel discussions and a keynote address. If you're interested in being a part of the 2017 CASA Day at the Capitol, please let your supervisor know.
 
We will most likely ask for Advocates to come forward with specific stories when the legislative priorities are finalized, so be on the lookout for that request. Thank you all for the amazing work you do to change the future for these children, and I hope to see you at the Capitol in February!

 
Celebrating Advocate Anniversaries
By Pat Creighton
 
JANUARY
 
1 Year
Connie Taylor, Christine Davis, Megan Mitchell, John O’Malley, Michelle White, Judy Regil
 
3 Years
Carla Gilmore, Beverly Mentzer
 
8 Years
Linda Chilcoat, Murray Batt, Rhonda Howell
 
10 Years
Susan Olver
 
FEBRUARY
 
1 Year
Lisa Smith, Evelyn Cuellar, Ron Carroll, Amanda Richards, Mark Fincher, Christine McCreary, Minh Mai, Susan Use, Sonya Rikhy, Gregory Orr, Tarah Cambron, Francine Querio, Belinda Douglas, William Douglas
 
2 Years
Roxanne Lacourse, Magan Fontenot, Catherine Hoover, Sheila Gonzalez, Sara Lowrie
 
3 Years
Holly Hochhauser, Catherine Miller,
 
5 Years
Susan Munkres, Betty Keyser, Fred O’Conner
 
6 Years
Pamela Hendryx, Katherine Cooper, Dana Grimsley
 
13 Years
Monica Piccardo
Upcoming Events
 
JANUARY 2017
11 Conversations with CASA (evening event) at The Refuge Bar & Bistro, 5:00-7:00 pm
12 Advocate Gathering & Support Meeting at Laurie Schoepf's home, 6:30 pm
17 Advocate In-Service: Understanding Traumatized Children and Their Theraputic Needs, presented by Beth Powell, LCSW, 6:00-8:00 pm (Location TBA)
18 Conversations with CASA (morning event) at La Madeleine Country French Café, 9:00-11:00 am
21 2017 CASA Speaks for Kids “Evening at the Museum” Gala: The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, 6:30 pm - Midnight
25 CASA Education Committee Meeting at the CASA office, 2:00-4:00 pm
30 New Advocate Training Class Begins (Mondays & Wednesdays)
 
FEBRUARY 2017
Conversations with CASA (evening event) at The Refuge Bar & Bistro 5:00-7:00 pm
13 New Advocate Swearing In, 9:00 am
18 Conversations with CASA (morning event) at La Madeleine Country French Café, 9:00-11:00 am
16 CASA Day at the Capitol
20 New Advocate Training Class Begins (Week Nights)
 
Get Your Tickets NOW! 
2017 CASA Speaks for Kids Gala
 
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SATURDAY, JANUARY 21, 2017
SIX-THIRTY IN THE EVENING TO MIDNIGHT
 
The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center
The Waterway Ballroom
1601 Lake Robbins Drive
The Woodlands, Texas
 
Master of Ceremonies
ABC 13 Eye Witness News Reporter, Ted Oberg
 
Experience the Music
DJ Ed Madonio
Third Floor String Quartet
 
* Black tie optional. *
 
This year’s Gala Committee is in the process of planning a memorable event, and your involvement in this important fundraiser is the key to our success. We’ll bring history to life at our event, where stellar entertainment and exclusive auction items are part of this evening filled with unique experiences!
 

 
Your CASA Team!
 
Executive Director
 
Program Director
 
CASE SUPERVISORS:
 
Judi Foster – Director of Recruiting
Doris LaStrappe – Administrative Assistant
Susan McCormick – Database Administrator
Wanda Smith – Training Director
Alli Stephens – Marketing and Communications Director
Advocates Share Experiences, Encourage and Recruit New Volunteers
By Judi Foster
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CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County offers two informational events each month, specifically designed to give anyone who is considering becoming an Advocate a chance to gain insight into this unique and rewarding role. Hosted by the Advocate Recruitment Committee, guests can sit down, one-on-one, with current CASA volunteers to discuss their questions and concerns, and hear first-hand the difference Advocates make in children’s lives.
 
 
For more information, please contact Judi Foster: Judi@CASASpeaks4Kids.com.
 

 

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