Child Advocates welcomes their first class of Advocacy University graduates for 2017

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Ashley Brockette | 713.529.1396, ext. 213 |


Re: Introducing our newest court appointed advocate volunteers
Release date: February 3, 2017
Location: Houston, Texas


The evening of Thursday, February 2, Child Advocates welcomed 51 brand new court appointed advocate volunteers - one of our largest graduating classes to date. These amazing individuals completed 30 hours of training and were sworn in by Judge Ramos from the 246th District Court. Many of our new volunteers were assigned their first case before the evening was finished and will soon begin speaking up for Houston's abused children during a trying and overwhelming time.


The first graduating class of 2017 included the following new advocates: Cymel Abdul, Katy Allen, MaryAnn Anaya, Julie Baird, Kimberly Bancroft, Jessica Barber, Ruean Been, Michelle Berryhill, Haley Calhoun, Tanya Chaney, Sylan Chang, Verena Conklin, Bill Daly, Josh Day, Elana Denham, Carolyn Dolby, Monica Edwards, Pam Escamilla, Stephanie Facompre, Richard Goyea, Lindsey Hammond, Shannon Honer, Micahel Jobin, Karen Johnson, Emma Kendrick, Yolanda Lowe, Roy Marsh, Joseph Matthews, Victoria Matthews, Nancy Mercer, Lori Miller, Angela Miranda-Clark, Cecilia Montejo, Lameshia Newton, Samantha Nguyen, Carlo Nisely, Glenn Okuma, Samantha Ortiz, Pamela Powers, Joann Reilly, Shantia Reneau, Vicky Rocher, Tamira Samuel, Sarah Scott, Mary Jo Terrell, Claudia Unietis, Lana Upleger, Jessica Wachel, Gayle Waldman, Raquel Williams, Nikkole Williams and John Williams.




Child Advocates, Inc. mobilizes court appointed advocate volunteers to break the vicious cycle of child abuse. We speak up for abused children who are lost in the system and guide them into safe environments where they can thrive.
This year, Child Advocates hopes to train 300 new volunteers to serve 2,350 children - about half of the children in the care of Child Protective Services in the Houston area on any given day. To learn more about how to become a volunteer, visit
You may put in a request of a court appointed advocate for any child/children currently in the temporary managing conservatorship of Harris County DFPS.

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To report child abuse, neglect or abandonment, contact the Texas Abuse and Neglect Hotline.
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