DALLAS -- “In 2015, we had 4,646 children living in protective care,” explained Kathleen LaValle, Dallas CASA Executive Director/President.
Since April is National Child Abuse Prevention & Awareness month, Friday folks with the Dallas non-profit CASA are trying to do just that -- make people aware. Friday, they called out the names of 25 kids who died in Dallas County last year.
“Growing up, I would get blamed for my existence,” said UNT sophomore Kiara Powell, who's survived living in an abusive foster care system. “My struggles is what drives me to do what it is I have to do.”
And what she does now is speak out with other college kids who grew up in the foster system.
Friday night, the Dallas skyline will be lit up in blue to honor the challenges faced by kids who’ve been abused, and maybe shine a light on a problem that just keeps growing.