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Los Altos artist hosts boutique benefiting Child Advocates


Dai Sugano/Mercury News; courtesy of Laura Fulda
Midori Adams, left, and the young woman, Molly, for whom she advocated share a hug. Molly currently attends community college and plans to transfer to San Jose State University next year. Molly and Adams remain close.

 

Los Altos artist Midori Adams is scheduled to host her annual Archangel Holiday Boutique 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday at her Los Altos home, 228 Marvin Ave.

The boutique – a benefit for Child Advocates of Silicon Valley – will feature the handmade handiwork of 30 Bay Area artists, with gifts including pottery, candles, jewelry, succulents and flower arrangements, wreaths, seasonal decorations, tote and culinary bags, gourmet food and more. Artists will donate 15 percent of their sales to the boutique, and 100 percent of the donated funds will support Child Advocates.

The nonprofit Child Advocates recruits, trains and supports Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs), who provide emotional and educational counsel to children in the Santa Clara County dependency system. The agency has a five-year strategic plan to provide a CASA for every child in the county foster care system by the end of 2018. Currently, there are more than 1,600 children in the county dependency system, 1,000 of whom could benefit from a CASA.

“Every foster youth deserves to have an adult who cares about them and gives them unwavering support throughout their years in the foster care system,” said Karen Scussel, executive director of Child Advocates. “We’re grateful to have so many caring CASA volunteers like Midori serve our community’s most vulnerable children.”

Adams said she became a CASA because she wanted to provide stability and hope to children in the foster care system through no fault of their own.

“Young people need mentors and a caring adult to speak up for them in dependency hearings,” she said. “Working with these children has made my life much richer and rewarding. Raising funds through my Archangel Holiday Boutique is another way for me to help the agency serve more children and spread the word about Child Advocates’ amazing work in the community.”

Volunteers spend time with a child and become a friend, mentor and consistent adult presence. They work with foster parents, teachers, social workers, counselors and others to build a complete picture of the child’s life and needs. CASAs attend hearings in dependency court to advise the judge on the child’s best interests when key decisions are being made. Volunteers stay with their children until they find a safe, loving home.

 

To volunteer and for more information, visit bemyadvocate.org and sign up for a Volunteer Open House/Orientation.

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