Survivor of child abuse gives lecture in Greenwood Village

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, COLO. – If there’s anything worth braving a spring storm for, it’s standing against child abuse.

Denver Human Services has partnered with Foster Source and will be hosting a Saturday lecture from author and child welfare advocate, Ashley Rhodes-Courter, at 1 to 4 Comedy Works South, Eventbrite said.

Her childhood was not for the faint of heart. Rhodes-Courter was born to a single teen mother and placed in foster care when she was 3 years old.

Of her 14 placements, most were “abusive and overcrowded” with one home actually a small trailer where 16 people lived and the kids “were regularly beaten, neglected, verbally assaulted, and starved.” Another foster parent would later be convicted as a pedophile.

At one point, Rhodes-Courter was with an alcoholic relative who was shot twice in front of her. Finally, after almost 10 years in the foster care system, Rhodes-Courter was adopted at the age of 12.

She could have viewed herself as a victim of circumstances, but instead Rhodes-Courter tapped into her inner strength. She holds a master’s degree in social work, became a New York Times bestselling author by 22, and created a nonprofit organization.

She’s also been a foster parent to more than 20 kids.

In her lecture, Rhodes-Courter will discuss how listeners can overcome personal and professional obstacles to achieve “more than they ever thought possible,” much like she did.

Rhodes-Courter’s book Three Little Words will also be available to buy.

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