Montana CASA/GAL Welcomes you to our
First Quarterly Newsletter
Volume 1 | October 2020
The mission of Montana CASA/GAL Association is to:
Support, develop, expand and unite local CASA/GAL programs so they can maximize their effectiveness while advocating for Montana’s abused and neglected children.
Year to Date we have helped:
2,542 Children with
851 Advocates through
15 Local Programs in the State of Montana
Elaine Meeks: Chair for Montana CASA Board of Directors
Elaine Meeks, BOD Chair

I am proud to serve as the Chair of the Board of the Montana CASA/GAL Association.

The mission of Montana CASA/GAL Association is to support, develop, expand and unite local CASA/GAL programs so they can maximize their effectiveness while advocating for Montana’s abused and neglected children. Our vision is to give every abused and neglected child in Montana the opportunity to thrive in a safe, loving permanent home. 
The Board of Directors is singularly focused on meeting our mission for the children of Montana needing services of a CASA advocate.

Success Story of the Year
We all know the saying that “One person can make a difference in a child’s life”; this is that story.
This story gives you first hand knowledge on how CASA/GAL changes a child's story.
Program Spotlight: Park and Sweetgrass Counties CASA
"CASA volunteers fight on behalf of abused and neglected children for a safe, permanent home. We are proud to serve 100% of child abuse and neglect cases in Park and Sweet Grass Counties."


Montana CASA/GAL is Facing the Challenge of COVID-19

The pandemic has created hurdles and challenges in all aspects of our lives; imagine the additional complications for children in foster care. 
News From Our Executive Director
April Sommers Montana CASA/GAL
Executive Director

News from the Director’s Desk
(state office)
Like the rest of the planet, MTCASA has experienced challenges due to the pandemic. Navigating through this uncharted territory has provided obstacles to service but also provided opportunities to come together with programs and stakeholders.

A Special Thank You To Our 2020 Supporters
Classic Ink
Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation
Eagle Eye Bookkeeping
Eastern Montana CASA
Headwaters Foundation
In Memory of Debra Ray Jones
Joel Crosby & Joanne Cate
Montana CASA/GAL Board Giving
Montana Court Improvement Program
Montana COVID Relief Fund
Montana Police Protective Association
National CASA/GAL Association
Oro Y Plata Foundation
Pacific Health Plans
Payne West Insurance
Town Pump Charitable Foundation
Victims Of Crime Act-Montana Board of Crime Control
Serving Well Consulting

*LISTED IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

Without support, MTCASA/GAL wouldn't be able to fulfill their mission. Thank you for your generosity in supporting our vision "to give every abused and neglected child in Montana the opportunity to thrive in a safe, loving permanent home". 
News From National CASA/GAL
National CASA/GAL Association-Changing Children’s Stories

Montana CASA/GAL is a proud member of the National CASA/GAL Association (NCASA). Under their guidance and standards of practice, Montana CASA/GAL and Montana Local Programs are empowered to advocate on behalf of Montana’s abused or neglected children. NCASA provides vital resources in organizational capacity building, advocate recruitment, funding and CASA/GAL best practices. It is the point of the spear in providing a voice to CASA/GAL on a national level. NCASA membership is a requirement for all state and local CASA/GAL organizations.
To learn more: visit www.nationalcasagal.org
Montana CASA/GAL Board of Directors
Board Chair: Elaine Meeks from Polson
Board Vice Chair: Jennifer Boyer from Bozeman
Secretary: Glenda Noyes from Bozeman
Treasurer: Christian Shaeffer from Kalispell
Tom McElwain from Columbia Falls
Ann Marie McNeel from Missoula
John Menyhart from Miles City
Cherie LeBlanc-Dyba from Miles City
Alexandra Plant from Polson

Visit montanacasagal.org for more information about our board, staff and mission.
Montana CASA/GAL Association
225 West Main Street
Missoula, Montana
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2596
Missoula, MT 59806
406-461-2111
Executive Director: April Sommers