Jefferson Circuit Judge D.J. Mote sees hope for children who have experienced abuse, abandonment or neglect when there are caring adult advocates in their lives. That was the message emphasized Saturday in a event organized by CASA of Jefferson County, Foster Success, Healthy Communities of Jefferson County and Resilient Jefferson County.

Mote said the legal system sees children “in the most serious cases of maltreatment in which they’re most at risk.” That contributes to a troubled life and makes them less likely to be successful “because of the cards that were dealt them at no fault of their own. The work we are doing on a daily basis is critical because we have an opportunity to intervene in their lives as soon as we can, and try to have a positive impact on their lives.”