Charity

I photographed an angel today - NILMDTS

Today I had the honor of photographing an angel today. A beautiful baby boy who unfortunately was born full term but had already gone to heaven.

The baby’s father is in Afghanistan, serving our country on this 4th of July weekend, and if I wasn’t there to take photos of his precious baby boy, he’d not have anything to remember of his son.

I love my job and being able to give back to others.
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CASA Halloween photo event

Held a photography fundraiser for CASA 17 of Broomfield and Adams County over the Halloween weeekend. I’ve been a volunteer for CASA for three years and changed the lives of quite a few children in that time. (and myself).

We held our 2nd annual photo charity on Halloween night, only $2.50 for a photo of your child in front of our holiday decoration, and all the money goes to CASA. We raised over $100.00 for CASA. We worked on Friday night with the local Turnberry Elementary School doing the same fundraiser with 1/2 the proceeds going to the school and the other half to CASA. Got quite a few comments over the weekend about how they loved their photograph from last year and were looking forward to this years photograph.

One of the highlights of the night was when we were first setting up the display at the school, and a woman came up to me holding a small baby. (I was wearing my “MULLEN PHOTOGRAPHY” tshirt}, and she asked if I took photographs for NILMDTS (Now I Layh Me Down To Sleep). I said yes, and she starte-d crying and hugged me and said that I did her angel Alundra. She was holding a beautiful healthy baby girl, introduced me, and I told her it would be an honour to photograph her beautiful baby girl.

CASA of Broomfield and Adams County

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I was sworn in yesterday to become a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children.   It was a 30 hr class and now I'm sworn in before the Judge in Adams County.   There were 19 of us in the class, and we're all starting to get our court cases this week. 

The volunteers get to know the children and their circumstances, show them that someone cares, advocate for their best interests (including making recommendations to the Court), encourage them to grow to their fullest potential, and become involved in key issues in their life, especially permanent placement, and school, health, and mental health issues.

A CASA volunteer is often the sole consistent adult anchor for foster children. Children frequently remark how important it is to them that these tireless advocates are the only people in “the system” who are not paid to assist them. CASA volunteers give a voice to a child who cannot speak up for herself or himself and are frequently viewed as mentors or guides.

Judges typically assign CASA volunteers their most difficult and complex cases: children with prior maltreatment or contact with child welfare, cases of extreme abuse or neglect, or those where there is a great level of risk of further abuse and neglect. Many children assigned to CASA have learning disabilities, physical disabilities, and significant emotional and mental health problems.