making dreams come true in 2022
On April 2, 2022, the Realities For Children Awards Gala kicked off National Child Abuse Prevention Month by honoring leaders in our community and victorious youth who have triumphed over childhood abuse. For 25 years, our community has come together to proudly recognize the unsung heroes in Child Protection, Law Enforcement, Volunteers, Foster Parents, Realities For Children Business Members and all those who make a difference for the children we serve in Larimer County.
This year we also featured The Keeping Dreams Alive Awards, which is designed to support and encourage children ages 6-14 who are struggling to keep their dreams alive while living in at-risk situations. Each child wrote two essays – their dream for today and what their dream is for the future. At our 25th Annual Awards Gala, we granted the dreams of Zaniya, Jasper, and Alanah, letting them know they are not alone and they are surrounded by a community who cares by empowering them to dream and live towards a better tomorrow.
NATIONAL CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH
Realities For Children has been funding the unmet needs of Larimer County children who have been abused, neglected, or are at-risk since 1995. Together we support the services of 40 Partner Youth Agencies and represent over 260 Business Members invested in making it their business to make a difference. This year we invite you to join us in that fight for our children by helping to draw focused attention to the sometimes hidden epidemic of child abuse and neglect.
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Just how bad is the issue of child abuse in the United States?
- Every year more than 3.6 million referrals are made to child protection agencies involving more than 6.6 million children. On average, 19 new referrals and cases of child abuse are reported every day in Larimer County alone.
- The United States has one of the worst records among industrialized nations – losing on average between four and seven children every day to child abuse and neglect. On average, a report of child abuse is made every ten seconds in the U.S.
Within our program each year, we recognize youth who are overcoming childhood abuse.
Keeping Dreams Alive Awards
Dedicated to inspiring young children still involved in the social services system to identify and follow their dreams. Children ages 6-14 are nominated by our Partner Agencies and asked what their dream is for the future as well as for today. At the Gala, we grant their “today” dreams while encouraging them to believe in their future dreams.
Honoring young adults who have triumphed over childhood adversity. These exceptional youth are nominated by our Partner Agencies and honored for not only surviving the hardships of abuse, but triumphing over them personally, socially and academically. Winners are not only recognized for their achievement, but provided opportunities for further education and post-emancipation support.
Each year we are proud to recognize the unsung heroes in Child Protection, Law Enforcement, Youth Agencies, Volunteers, Foster Parents, Realities For Children Business Members and all those who come together in Larimer County to make a difference.
Business Member of the Year
Child's Hero Award
RFC CASEWORKER AWARD
My Day I Survived Award
Volunteer of the Year
Distinguished Community leader
Foster Parent of the Year
2022 Gala Sponsors
Keeping Dreams Alive Sponsors