Nonprofit of the Month: CASA
Randy Lovelace of Paragon Independent Insurance Agencies introduces the Hello Woodlands Nonprofit of the Month, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), and talks with Ann McAlpin, CASA Executive Director, at their location in Conroe, Texas.
Watch our video interview below!
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) are trained community volunteers appointed by the court to speak for the best interest of children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect. They advocate for children to be in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible.
CASA Advocates complete an interview, background checks, fingerprinting and 33 hours of intensive training, including courtroom observation. After being sworn-in by a judge, volunteers are appointed to a child or family of children and spend an average of 10 hours a month advocating for these children for at least a year. In addition to getting to know the child, a CASA Advocate also gathers information from the child’s family, teachers, doctors, care-givers and anyone else involved in the child’s life.
In 1992 eight volunteers established CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County. Twenty seven years later, our community’s CASA supports 319 volunteers who served 802 children last year – 100% of the children in Child Protective Services custody (foster care) in Montgomery County.
CASA’s goal is to continue to provide a court-appointed volunteer to serve as Guardian ad Litem for every child in need in our community, and to break the cycle of abuse, one child at a time. Last year, CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County served 100% of abuse/neglect cases in Montgomery County.
Learn more about CASA, how you can help, volunteer and make a donation at CASASpeaks4Kids.com.
The 10th Annual CASA Superhero Run is scheduled for Saturday, October 26, 2019 at Grand Central Park in Conroe. The event is a 5K trail run/walk and 1 mile trail fun run/walk. Dress as your favorite Superhero and don’t miss the chance to join the good fight in support of abused and neglected children in Montgomery County! Learn more and register at https://casaspeaks4kids.com/newsandevents/superherorun/.
Save the date! The 25th Annual CASA Speaks for Kids Gala is scheduled for Saturday, February 8, 2020 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center. The committee is in the planning stages now and will be announcing exciting updates soon! Learn more at https://casaspeaks4kids.com/gala/.
About Randy Lovelace
To learn more about Randy Lovelace, his “Referral for a Cause” program to help local nonprofit organizations, and of Paragon Independent Insurance Agencies, please call (281) 298-0440, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.paragoninsagencies.com/woodlands.