Mesa County Partners, The Department of Human Services, and Court Appointed Special Advocates are teaming up to create a new initiative.
Fostering Hope aims to get more people in the community involved in protecting our children and helping them recover from child abuse.
In 2014 the number of child welfare referrals was 3,393 – almost 1,000 more than the amount of child welfare referrals made in 2006.
“In our community these kids need a lot of help,” said Skip Hudson, who has been mentoring youth for years. “It’s amazing, the more I’m involved in this the more I realized how our youth is under served in so many ways. If nothing else just a compassionate ear and heart to hear about what they’re going through and how they’re experiencing it.”
There are over 80 children on the Mesa County Partner’s waiting list waiting for mentors just like Hudson.
“A lot of kids don’t necessarily have a positive role model in their life so just to have somebody that’s in their corner to do fun stuff or help them study or anything like that is just huge,” said Blake Ammon with Mesa County Partners.
According to the Department of Human Services there are 272 children needing foster care families and 35 kids needing adoption. Court Appointed Special Advocate’s Janet Rowland says these children rely on volunteers and the community’s help.
“If they don’t help I don’t know who will,” said Rowland. “It takes our community’s citizens. Child abuse is a community problem and it takes a community solution to solve it. It’s not just a government’s responsibility or solution, its all of us.”
Getting involved with CASA is one of the best decisions Laura Taylor says she has made.
“What you can give back to these kiddos that haven’t had what they deserve, it can be rewarding,” said Taylor.
To learn how to get involved with Fostering Hope, whether through fostering, mentoring, advocating, or adopting, head to the link on the right.