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Letter: Help for the helpless

Every day in this country, 1,900 children become victims of abuse or neglect, and four of them will die. Every day. Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children is a network of 951 community-based programs that recruit, train and support citizen volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in courtrooms and communities.

The group's volunteers work with departments of human services and the courts to establish permanent homes for these children, whether that entails returning them to their parents or stable relatives, adoption or other permanent placement.

The 9th Judicial District is fortunate to have a Court Appointed Special Advocates program in place, and we need our community's support to improve the lives of more than 60 children in our district whose lives are impacted by abuse and neglect. Our board of directors' goal is to raise money and awareness to have every case served in our district by the end of 2016.

Please join us at our "CASA at the Grind" fundraiser and community-awareness event Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Grind restaurant at 701 Grand Ave. in Glenwood Springs to learn more about how you can join our movement and be a part of shaping the lives of some of our most vulnerable children. To learn more about Court Appointed Special Advocates of the 9th and/or this event, please go to our website at http://www.casaoftheninth.org or call us at 970-987-4332.

Court Appointed Special Advocates is one place where a single individual — you — can make all the difference!

Soledad Lowe

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Acting president, board of directors, Court Appointed Special Advocates of the 9th