Josh Duggar Was Speaker At CCHO Hope Gala For Christian Foster Care, Spoke Of Abuse To Children

Dawn Papple

Josh Duggar was the guest speaker at the Christian Children's Home of Ohio's second annual Hope Gala which was held April 11. CCHO is a decades-old nonprofit agency featuring a "children's residential center, foster care, adoption and counseling programs" and operates 14 offices in northeast Ohio, according to the Mansfield News Journal.

— CCHO (@CCHOinHisname) April 11, 2015

"It reminds me of how good so many of us have it," Duggar said.

Josh said that his own grandfather was raised in a children's home.

"Had those people not been there for him... I would not be here today."

Those words would soon follow him, because not long after his evening as guest speaker at the Christian Children's Home of Ohio's gala, Josh was publicly accused of molesting minor girls, including some of his sisters when he was 14. A statement, as Inquisitr reported on earlier, was issued and Josh called his past behavior inexcusable.

— Josh Duggar (@joshduggar) May 21, 2015

— Shelley Massey (@janeway779) May 26, 2015

— Violent Liberal (@Americatheist) May 22, 2015

"As many of you know, Josh Duggar was keynote speaker at Christian Children's Home of Ohio's Hope Gala on April 11. As an organization, we are disappointed with the news concerning Josh Duggar and his family. While we do not condone the actions reported so far, we believe there is healing available and we are praying for all those involved."

— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) May 28, 2015

"The center claims to 'strengthen individuals and families through sound Biblical teachings and character development opportunities and to demonstrate Christ's love through serving,' as posted on their official website. Jim Bob would later tell police Josh was in the program from March 17, 2003 to July 17, 2003.

"The methods employed by the institute have received numerous criticisms from alumni and online forums. John Krull, Executive Director of the Indiana Civil Liberties Union has called the center 'appalling' and a 'shadow world, where these kids almost disappear.'"

"The methods employed by the institute have received numerous criticisms from alumni and online forums. John Krull, Executive Director of the Indiana Civil Liberties Union has called the center 'appalling' and a 'shadow world, where these kids almost disappear.'"

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