Cynthia Barratt Named Child Advocate of the Year
Child Advocates of Fort Bend County
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Cynthia Barratt was named Child Advocate of the Year for 2017 at Child Advocates of Fort Bend’s Annual Volunteer Celebration held February 15, 2018 at Sweetwater Country Club. The event was attended by more than 200 volunteers, community partners and staff.


“Cynthia  exemplifies the ultimate in volunteerism to the agency – going “above and beyond”, donating her time, her talent and support across many different areas to make a lasting difference for children,” according to Child Advocates of Fort Bend Chief Executive Officer Ruthanne Mefford. “In every way, Cynthia has been a friend of our agency, a humble and selfless servant with an unwavering commitment to the children we serve.”


Other honorees at the volunteer celebration included Lois Gremminger (CASA Volunteer of the Year), Chinnu Meher-Homji (Children’s Advocacy Center Volunteer of the Year), and Deborah Thompson (Voices for Children Ambassador of the Year). Tamika Hervey was the recipient of the Mariel Barrera Champion for Children Award. The Award was re-named in honor of long time employee Mariel Barrera who passed away in early 2017.


To see a list of all of the honorees or to learn more about volunteer opportunities with Child Advocates of Fort Bend, go to


About Child Advocates of Fort Bend:

Child Advocates of Fort Bend is a non-profit agency dedicated to providing a voice, healing the hurt and breaking the cycle of child abuse in Fort Bend County. Through its Court Appointed Special Advocates Program (CASA), Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) and more than 200 trained community volunteer advocates - Child Advocates improves the lives of more than 400 children each month.


The agency’s annual gala and auction raises much needed funds to support its programs for abused and neglected children. Child Advocates of Fort Bend’s Gala “Off to the Races” will be held May 5, 2018 at the Sugar Land Marriott Town Square. To attend the Gala, become a sponsor or for more information go to  or contact Lisa Moore at 281-344-5108 or

Barratt Named Child Advocate of the Year

(L to R): Child Advocates of Fort Bend CASA Program Director Metoyer Martin, Cynthia Barratt, Child Advocates of Fort Bend CEO Ruthanne Mefford and Child Advocates of Fort Bend Children’s Advocacy Center Program Director Fiona Remko. Barratt was honored as Child Advocate of the Year during the agency’s annual Volunteer Banquet. 

Photo courtesy of Sue Lockwood

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