Domestic violence plays a role in many child welfare cases, and it’s essential for CASA staff and volunteers to understand best practices for advocating for children and families involved in these cases. Emily LeBlanc with CASA of Travis County shares her expertise on how to work with survivors of abuse and be the best advocate possible.
LeBlanc, M.Ed., LPC-S, is currently the Chief Program Officer at CASA of Travis County and has been licensed as a Professional Counselor in Texas since 2004. Before CASA, LeBlanc served as Senior Director of Community Advocacy for SAFE. In this role, she was tasked with working with systems to increase the effectiveness of local responses to the crime of sexual assault and family violence, to advocate for survivors’ rights, to encourage dialogue on effectively countering these crimes, to promote actions which assist victims and hold abusers and offenders accountable, and to support the development of community-based collaborations. LeBlanc has been working with survivors of abuse since 2001 and provides training to law enforcement personnel, military personnel, courts, grand juries and community advocates on domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse and trauma.
Conversations with CASA is an online series from Texas CASA that explores current issues and trends affecting child welfare, our children in care and our network.