Dear Supporters and Friends,

Advocates for Children has been on an incredible journey in 2023. Last year marked a significant milestone in our organization’s history with the opening of the Prevention and Advocacy Center, made possible through the unwavering support and dedication of our community. This center stands as a beacon of hope and resilience, providing vital resources, support, and advocacy for children and families in need. Our Prevention and Advocacy Center serves as a lifeline for those facing adversity, ensuring that every child has the opportunity to thrive in a safe and nurturing environment.

In 2023, we witnessed the profound impact of our collective efforts in safeguarding the well-being of vulnerable members of our community. Our nine program teams served 14,963 people, of whom more than 10,000 were children and youth under the age of 24. And perhaps most sobering to know that Children’s Advocacy heard the accounts of 414 children who were victims of a crime or witnessed a crime. We are thankful for the work of our forensic interview team and for how they are trained to support children through horrific and traumatic experiences. Through it all, we still believe there is a bright future in store for each child.

Looking ahead, I am thrilled to announce another milestone in our journey towards creating a brighter future for our youth. This year, we will be opening Newman House, a residence tailored to meet the unique needs of unhoused youth. Newman House will stand as an inclusive and empowering space where every young person, regardless of their background, can embrace their inherent value and limitless potential.

None of our work would be possible without the unwavering support of our dedicated volunteers, generous donors, and compassionate community members. Your contributions have fueled our passion and propelled us forward in our mission to protect children, empower families, and strengthen communities.

As we embark on this new chapter, I invite you to join us in our continued journey towards creating a brighter tomorrow for our children and families. Together, we can make a lasting impact and ensure that every child has the opportunity to thrive.

Together in Service,
Rachel Castillo
President & CEO