CASA Launches First On-site, Corporate Training
Eight employees trained as volunteers at ExxonMobil campus in Spring
Child Advocates of Montgomery County (CASA) held its first in-office corporate training for volunteers at the new ExxonMobil–Houston Campus in Spring. Eight ExxonMobil employees completed the required 30-hour course in April and were sworn in as CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) volunteers on May 9 by Judge Jerry Winfree.
Robert W. Johnson, assistant general counsel – legal services for ExxonMobile and Celeste Quiralte, litigation counsel for ExxonMobil were instrumental in facilitating staff involvement and the coordination of the training to be held at the campus. ExxonMobil employees Pat Conlon, Renee Gonzales, Michele Lewis, Philecia Moore, Karen Moreno, Ree-C Murphy, Shannon Russell and John Wright fulfilled the training requirements to become volunteer CASA Advocates.
Ann McAlpin, CASA Child Advocates executive director, explained that this on-site corporate education module marks an exciting expansion to the organization’s volunteer training capabilities.
“In the past, we have held trainings at our CASA office in Conroe or arranged for alternate meeting rooms if the class was particularly large,” McAlpin said. “Those interested in volunteering would sign up for a class and come to us. ExxonMobil was interested in making the training convenient and accessible for staff, so it just made sense for us to bring the training directly to them.”
CASA, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, is Montgomery County’s only court-appointed organization advocating for abused and neglected children. Advocates are appointed by the Court to speak up for the best interest of children who have been removed from their parents and are under the Court’s jurisdiction. Advocates make sure the children don’t get lost in the overburdened legal and social services system, or languish in inappropriate group or foster homes. Advocates stay with each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. CASA’s goal is to provide a court-appointed volunteer to serve as Guardian ad Litem for every child in the foster care system.
For the past 24 years, CASA has been training volunteers, raising awareness in the community, and working to stop the cycle of child abuse in Montgomery County.
In Montgomery County, it costs $1,500 to provide an Advocate for one child for one year. CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County was established in January of 1992, and during that first year, a handful of volunteers served 28 children. In 2015, 233 volunteers served 560 abused and neglected children.
For more information about CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County or to inquire about an on-site training for an organization, visit CASASpeaks4Kids.com or call 936-441-5437.