GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- – Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) held their 3rd Annual Superhero Breakfast of Champions on Friday morning. The ceremony consisted of a special keynote speaker who explained her childhood story and how CASA played an impact in her life.
Over 300 people attended Friday morning’s breakfast, sponsored by roughly 20 businesses.
Everyday, foster children move from house to house across the nation, and as Ashley Rhodes-Courter, keynote speaker for the event, explained, it is who helps these children get through life’s obstacles that can make all the difference. Rhodes-Courter said, “the key component to resiliency is always one caring adult.”
Rhodes-Courter spent almost 10 years moving between 14 homes, including some abusive, through the foster care system before becoming adopted by the age of 12.
At the age of 7, she received a CASA volunteer who helped her get to where she is now. She explained, “I grew up to go to college and get a master’s degree in social work. I served as a CASA myself for many years prior to my husband and I becoming foster parents and now we’ve cared for over 25 foster kids.”
Local Executive Director of CASA invited Rhodes-Courter to speak at the Breakfast of Champions to not only explain how the agency benefited her, but to above all, notify the community how CASA changes lives.
Janet Rowland, Executive Director of CASA of Mesa County, said, “I think it’s important that people understand child protection issues and most of us don’t come across those things in our daily lives.” Rowland added, “this breakfast is an opportunity for average citizens to understand better the child protective system and the roll that the community can play in that system.”
Rhodes-Courter has also written two books about her life, “Three Little Words,” which became a New York Times Best Seller and is becoming a motion action picture, and “Three More Words.”