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MCAP UPDATE

Seasons greetings from the
MCAP family! We are pleased to
provide you with some updates:
Salute to Heroes went virtual this
year! While we missed seeing all of you
in your cocktail dresses and wingtips
at our annual Salute to Heroes Dinner
Dance and Auction this year, we kept
the celebration and support going
virtually! From November 14th to
21st, some of our MCAPs shared what
being an MCAP means to them via
videos and stories posted to our social
media - you can check them all out on our Facebook page at
www.Facebook.com/mcapkids. We also had a virtual auction with
amazing prizes, including: getaways, jewelry, home improvement
packages, and even a whole brisket! Between the auction and
our generous sponsors, we raised a little over $50,000 for our
life-saving work to provide free representation to child victims of
abuse, neglect, and trafficking in Montgomery County. We hope
that next year we are able to hit the dance floor with you all, but
we are so grateful to everyone who made the event such a roaring
success.
MCAP's caseload continues to rise: With COVID-19 cases on
the rise, MCAP cases have increased as well. Challenges related
to working from home, remote schooling, financial stress, and
societal anxiety have combined to create a " perfect storm " for
child abuse. And we are seeing the proof in our numbers; to date
MCAP has served 713 child victims, which is nearly 8% more
than we served in all of 2019. We anticipate at least an additional
20-30 child victims to be referred to us by the end of the year. If
you would like to make a donation to support our life-saving work
for these vulnerable children, please go to www.MCAPkids.org/
donate. Thank you!

Words from the heart with Donna Adelsberger: " I have been
a child advocate with MCAP since its inception. I've been asked:
why? The answer is easy. A child advocate gives children a voice
when their cries have not been heard by the people who are
supposed to love them - the children who have been severely
neglected, physically abused, or sexually abused. You might think,
" Who would do that to a child? " The reality of how often these
terrible things occur is astounding. I am still confounded how an
adult can get to that point. When I became a lawyer, I wanted
to do some kind of volunteer work to help others. I don't know
of anyone who could be in more need of help than an innocent
child. The work can be hard. It makes me sad sometimes. But if I
can help a child feel safe, then this is my reward. And it is worth it.
I am proud to serve with the awesome MCAP staff and my fellow
MCAP volunteers. I hope others will be inspired to join our fight
in any way they can. With all my heart, Donna Adelsberger. "
If you would like to join Donna and more than 100 of your
colleagues in this rewarding work, please email our Program
Coordinator Patricia Teaford at pteaford@MCAPkids.org for more
information.

Donna Adelsberger and her husband David Trevaskis
CLEs: We offered " The Art of Representing a Child in the Legal
Arenas, " the CLE required of all MCAPs, as a two-part virtual
training on October 22nd and 29th for a total of 17 participants.
Stay tuned to MCAP's website (www.MCAPkids.org) or social
media (Facebook.com/MCAPkids and LinkedIn.com/company/
montgomery-child-advocacy-project) for upcoming virtual CLEs.
On behalf of MCAP's board and staff, thank you for
everything you are doing to keep Montgomery County safe as
we continue to weather this storm together. Warm wishes for a
healthy, happy holiday season.

Montgomery Child Advocacy Project's (MCAP) mission is to end and prevent child abuse and neglect in Montgomery County through legal services, advocacy, and
education. MCAP operates as a pro-bono model with 140+ professional attorneys (trained by MCAP) on our roster who donate approximately 8,000 hours to our
child clients' cases each year. Since our founding in 2004, MCAP has provided free legal services for more than 6,200 children. To learn more please see our website
at www.mcapkids.org.
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