YWCA Clark County luncheon focuses on foster care Sept. 27

On Wednesday, Sept. 27, more than 450 people will come together to celebrate the greatness of those working to empower children and youth in foster care. The Clark County CASA Program and Independent Living Skills Program will be featured at YWCA Clark County’s annual fundraising event. Guest speaker and rapping dad Derek Clark will share his insights as a veteran of, and expert in the foster care system.

Locally, the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Program supports more than 140 volunteers who provide a voice for children in foster care. Volunteers are appointed to the court by the CASA Program of YWCA to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children, to make sure they don’t get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system, or stay in inappropriate group or foster homes.

The Independent Living Skills Program (ILS) assists youth in foster care to successfully transition from state-supported care to independent living. Education, resources, and advocacy focused on housing, education and employment are used to empower program participants to define and achieve goals.

YWCA’s Empower Luncheon is Sept. 27, at the Hilton Vancouver. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., and the program starts promptly at noon. To learn more and to register, visit http://ywcaclarkcounty.org/events.