Children’s Guardian Fund (CGF) is a privately funded organization that immediately responds to the needs of children removed from abusive and neglectful homes. We provide for emergency needs such as cribs, clothing, and other essentials and support more than 1000 children in our community. CGF also provides funding to help them reestablish normal childhood experiences such as playing sports, attending summer camp, tutoring, and driving lessons.
Letter from Our President
Serving as president of the Children’s Guardian Fund is a honor and a significant responsibility. The demands are easy to understand: there are currently more than 1,000 children in our area who have been removed from their families because they were abused, neglected or abandoned. The epidemic of drug abuse has led to a tragic increase in the number of infants born addicted and the economic downturn has led to family stress that often results in children being harmed and removed from their homes. The demands on our funds have grown accordingly.
The reasons to feel exhilarated may be less obvious but are nevertheless real. Exhilaration comes from knowing that the funds we raise make a significant difference in the lives of children who have done nothing wrong except to be born into families unwilling or unable to care for them.
Despite the welcome signs of an economic recovery, the Children’s Guardian Fund continues to see challenges ahead: shortfalls remain in the state budget and the most vulnerable in our society continue to need help. Fortunately, our local area enjoys the great blessing of a dedicated group of volunteer child advocates. However, we want to ensure that our child advocates are provided with the resources they need to have the maximum impact on the lives of children in care. With the right combination of care and services, these children can grow up to enjoy a safe and positive future.
We want children of all ages to get the help they need with their school studies. We want the child with a musical gift to join the school band or the church choir. For children with an interest in athletics, we want to provide team uniforms, or soccer cleats, or baseball mitts. We want to be sure that a newborn baby abandoned in the hospital and taken in by a generous neighbor or relatives has a crib to sleep in.
The volunteer child advocates from the Guardian ad Litem program provide a voice for the child who has nobody else to speak on their behalf. The Children’s Guardian Fund supplies the money that enables the advocates not only to speak up, but also to pay for some of the everyday extras that allow children in foster care to feel more like the other kids in their neighborhood. In turn, we rely on you, the generous residents and corporate sponsors of this town, to donate the funds that enable us to help these children who deserve so much more than to be neglected, abused and abandoned.
Please join me in making my term as president as productive and successful as it can be—for the sake of the children.
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