CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County Blog

Parenting a Child Who Has Experienced Trauma

Posted by CASA Team on Jul 21, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Understanding the repercussions that abuse and/or neglect has on a child can seem overwhelming. The child has been exposed to a form of trauma that no child should have to experience. Foster parents, adoptive parents or other caregivers may misunderstand the child’s behavior and make ineffective or possibly harmful attempts to correct the behavior. Armed with an understanding of trauma, you can aid in the child’s healing, enhance the parent-child relationship, and make a positive contribution to the child’s long-term health.

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Topics: Trauma Informed Care

Every Child Deserves a Chance. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Posted by Ann McAlpin on Apr 8, 2016 1:15:53 PM

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month, and throughout the year, we encourage all individuals and organizations to play a role in making our community and Montgomery County a better place for children and families. By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children, we can help promote children’s social and emotional well-being and prevent child maltreatment within families and communities.

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Topics: Volunteer Resources

2015 in Retrospect; 2016 Forging Ahead

Posted by CASA Team on Dec 31, 2015 8:30:00 AM

Remember those 2015 New Year’s Resolutions? Many are lost along the way, but some can be counted as gains. We’re proud to say we had many achievements in 2015. We’re not bragging, but actually asking for your help to continue working to improve the lives of and outcomes for abused and neglected children in 2016.

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Topics: Events

Home for the Holidays

Posted by CASA Team on Dec 24, 2015 8:31:00 AM

“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.” 
 Laura Ingalls Wilder

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Topics: Events, Child Welfare

#Giving Tuesday and CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County

Posted by CASA Team on Dec 1, 2015 9:07:38 AM

With the holidays rapidly approaching, the season for giving has begun.  Everyone is familiar with Black Friday.  However, how many know what Giving Tuesday is?  It is a movement to create a national day of giving.  Giving Tuesday is the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving, and this year occurs on December 1st.  

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Topics: Events, Donors

November 21st is National Adoption Day

Posted by CASA Team on Nov 19, 2015 12:45:32 PM

It’s almost time.  November 21st is National Adoption Day. More than 100,000 children in the United States are waiting for a loving home (52% male and 48% female). The average time a child spends in foster care is 4 years…4 years too long to wait for a permanent family and the affection every child needs.

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Topics: Foster Care/Placement, Adoption

Trauma Informed Care vs. Trauma Specific Treatment

Posted by CASA Team on Nov 5, 2015 8:30:00 AM

The word ‘trauma’ is used to describe emotionally painful and distressing experiences or situations that overwhelm a person’s ability to cope, rendering him or her powerless. Most of us can generally grasp the meaning of the word, but how many can actually empathize with the damage trauma causes?

Trauma is widespread. At some point in their lives, a number of people survive an incidence (violence, child abuse, domestic violence, military combat, rape, car accident, natural disaster, or a life-threatening illness). Studies show that the impact usually fades within one to three months, but for some the symptoms remain. Hopefully, few of those reading this post will have suffered such a traumatic event up close and personal.

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Topics: Trauma Informed Care


Posted by CASA Team on Oct 30, 2015 10:44:39 AM

Halloween is one of the most fun and celebrated holidays of the season, but it is also one of the most dangerous days of the year. An average of 5.5 pedestrians are killed every year on Halloween compared to 2.6 on any other day. It is easy to protect you and your children and avoid becoming a statistic by following these simple safety tips for Halloween night.

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Topics: Events, Child Welfare

10 Fun Halloween Projects for Kids

Posted by CASA Team on Oct 15, 2015 8:30:00 AM

Halloween doesn’t have to be about spending a fortune on decorations and costumes. We’ve put together a list of inexpensive and fun crafting projects for the family so you can enjoy the tricks and treats of the season.

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Topics: Volunteer Resources, Events, Family Preservation

Trauma Informed Care for Children in the Child Welfare System

Posted by CASA Team on Oct 8, 2015 8:30:00 AM

It is heart-wrenching to think about child abuse or neglect—an innocent child subjected to trauma that can cause lasting effects. But this post is about how to negate those potential physical and emotional dangers.

Children entering the foster care system are more likely to be victims of complex trauma and polyvictimization through no fault of their own. Responsive relationships with caring adults can mediate the toxic stress. Of vital importance in youth-serving systems is understanding the young person’s response to trauma, then working to help in the healing process and promote emotional security for the child.

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Topics: Trauma Informed Care

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