GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- CASA of Colorado helped more than 3,600 children last year with their court-appointed special advocates.
The Annual Superhero Breakfast filled the CMU Ballroom Friday to recognize the hard work and dedication they have to children in need, including one of their guest speakers.
At just 6 years old, Collin Miller was in the court system because of a drug-addicted mother and a father who couldn't care for him.
“I've been through close to 12 foster homes,” said Collin Miller, who was helped by CASA when he was young.
That’s when his court-appointed special advocate came to his side.
"She stuck with me through all of it,” said Miller.
Last year our CASA of Mesa County managed to help more than 373 children, that's 100 more than the previous year and those numbers keep on growing.
"A CASA advocate can last for a lifetime,” said Miller.
Collin says he never knew how to express his emotions, most of the time it came across as anger, but his advocate offered consistency in his very inconsistent world.
"Advocating for me, helping me with school work, we would sit in cafes and do school work together,” said Miller.
After a couple adoptions fell through and his sister was taken to a different family, his advocate suggested he try and find lost family members.
"I received a letter in December of 2014 which was the first time I knew anything about Collin, I didn't even know he existed,” said Collin’s Great Uncle, Charles Toy.
That’s when Charles, Collin's great uncle was found in Nebraska.
Charles sent a letter back and asked if he wanted to meet.
"Really couldn't be happier right now,” said Miller.
After the third visit Charles had asked if he wanted to live with them, not long after Collin was adopted.
"I wanted him to do well in school he brought home. In math, we researched, got him a mentor and he came back with a B about three weeks later," said Toy. "Just beaming and happy and he said 'you know nobody has ever sat down and done this for me.'”
At 18 years old, Collin is looking forward to a job in the computer science or engineering fields.
He is still in contact with both his sister and his CASA advocate, Karen.
If you would like to become a volunteer CASA will be having an information night on Feb. 20 at 5:30 p.m. You can call them at 970-242-4191.