MIAMI – (CBS4) – With more than 2,600 children in Miami-Dade’s foster care system, a local non profit is hoping to raise funds and awareness to meet the needs of the children who are abused, abandoned and neglected.
The Voices For Children Foundation helps raise money for the Guardian ad Litem program, which recruits and trains court-appointed adults to represent children in court proceedings. They often serve as the voice of neglected children in juvenile court.
“A few cases as of late have been publicized but there’s so many more kids that we don’t even know about. Maybe their case is not as severe as what’s been out in news but just as important to their lives and people need to help them and be a voice for these children,” said Guardian ad Litem Paul Newman who currently represents the high-profile case of Victor Barahona.
Saturday morning, volunteers put up hundreds of cutouts in Bayfront Park in Miami representing the 850 children who enter the foster care system on a daily basis. CBS4 was a sponsor for the event where CBS4 Weekend Anchor Natalia Zea and CBS4 Reporter Tiffani Helberg served as emcees.
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