Last year's Light of Hope breakfast at the Hilton in Fort Collins included a delicious hot meal and the opportunity to hear first hand from a CASA volunteer who was in need of CASA services herself as a child. This year the speaker will be a former CASA child who was trafficked sexually before he was taken into foster care and given what he refers to as "simple stabilities like dinner, bedtimes and family movies that make a huge impact." As an adult he is working tirelessly to bring awareness for foster kids and has created Open Arms Awareness Day to bring together people in Larimer County who are interested in becoming foster parents.
When I first heard of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) I didn't know what they were or understand the extent of their important contribution to children in our community. Their mission statement is "to be a voice in court for abused and neglected children." What that means in reality is that a CASA volunteer is someone who meets with children who face Dependency and Neglect cases on a weekly basis and provides recommendations to help the courts determine what is in the child's best interest. According to the CASA of Larimer County website, this volunteer is often the only consistent adult in the child's life during their court case.
Currently only able to provide this service to 40% of children in need of advocacy in the Fort Collins area, CASA of Larimer County is working diligently to recruit funds and volunteers to more than double this impact by the end of next year to 100% of Dependency and Neglect cases. Attending the Light of Hope event is one way that you can support the vital role that CASA of Larimer County plays in helping children who have faced the hardest of circumstances as they transition into a better future. Tickets to the breakfast are free and you are invited to learn more about this important cause, how to volunteer, and to make a donation. Click here to register for the Light of Hope Breakfast.
See you there!
Learn more about CASA of Larimer County at casalarimer.com