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April 21st, 2009 By | News | Posted In: News, Community, Social Justice

Eating for 1,243

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In 2009 Hamilton County was responsible for the lives of 1,243 children.

“They were involved with the court system because of abuse or neglect by their parents or caregivers,” according to ProKids.

But only 434 were given a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). The sole purpose of a CASA is to look out for the best interest of the child taken into state custody. Sounds like the job of a social worker, but it’s not. A CASA is a volunteer who works with ProKids – she is not employed by Hamilton County – and makes sure the child she is advocating for is given wheat he needs, not just what is available or funded by the state (See Sacrificing Children, April 8)

On May 6, 8 – 9 a.m. ProKids will host their annual Friends of Children Breakfast at the Cintas Center on the campus of Xavier University to raise awareness, recruit potential CASA volunteers and raise the funds necessary to make sure all children in the system can have an adult keeping an exclusive eye on them and the system. The breakfast is free and open to the public.

“The Friends of Children Breakfast provides an in-depth look at ProKids, the children and families we serve, and the ways in which our Community can help,” says an announcement about the event. “ This year's Breakfast will feature testimonials from CASA volunteers and children … with a focus on individual donations and the impact that support has on ProKids' work and continued growth, the Friends of Children Breakfast will also outline the numerous ways in which ProKids depends on the community for help.”

To reserve your seat contact Mary Farris 513-281-2000 Ext. 111 or mfarris@prokids.org. Or sign up to be a Table Captain; invite nine friends “to join you and help us spread the word.” For more information visit the calendar page at www.prokids.org

 
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