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Foster Youth Hit Sharks' Ice for Afternoon Fun

Foster Youth Hit Sharks Ice For Afternoon Fun

May 13, 2019

Foster Youth Hit Sharks Ice for Afternoon Fun Ice skating is one of those sports that not all children have the opportunity to experience, particularly those in foster care. However, earlier this month, 45 foster children laced up their skates and hit the Sharks ice arena for an afternoon of healthy activity and fun. As a student interning at Child Advocates, I have been helping the Communi

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May is National Foster Care Awareness Month

May is National Foster Care Awareness Month

May 1, 2019

May is National Foster Care Awareness Month Every two minutes, a child enters the foster care system in the United States. In Santa Clara County, there are approximately 1500 children in the dependency system who have suffered significant trauma due to familial abuse or neglect. Each one of these children deserves love, care, a permanent home and the opportunity to thrive. For this reason,

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Stability of a CASA Helps LGBTQ Foster Youth

CASA Helps LGBTQ Foster Youth

April 16, 2019

Stability of A CASA Helps LGBTQ Foster Youth David was 9 years old when he entered foster care. At first, he was happy when his aunt agreed to take him in. Later, she told David she wanted to adopt him. Then suddenly, when he was 12, she rejected him. When David was at school, his aunt read his diary and saw a passage where David kissed a boy. She immediately called the social worker

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How My CASA Changed My Life

How My CASA Changed My Life

April 9, 2019

How My CASA Changed My Life By Deborah Rutledge When I was little, I thought my mother was the most beautiful woman in the world – she was like Julia Robert’s in Pretty Woman – flowing hair, big smile and silly laugh. A favorite memory is my mother singing “You are My Sunshine” as she tucked me into bed. One day this all changed. It was like an alien had

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Stories of Success: Linda, Jared and Michael

Stories of Success: Linda, Jared and Michael

March 12, 2019

CASAs who have worked with infants and young childrenknow it is a special and unique form of volunteering. Working with an infant or toddler can meangetting to know their parentas they navigate the system that is overseeing their child’s welfare. That was the case for Linda, who was a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) to Jared, age 5 and Michael, age 2. Both boys, along with th

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Stories of Success: Maeve and Kenny

Maeve and Kenny

February 11, 2019

Stories of Success: Maeve and Kenny Ever since he was a little boy, Kenny loved watching anything featuring animation. Diagnosed as being on theautism spectrum at an early age, he found comfort viewing animated movies, cartoonsandvideo games. When he was 13, Kenny and his younger sister entered the dependency system when their mother was unable to care for them. Although he was extremel

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Teen Led Class Teaches Foster Youth How to Build and Program Robots

Teen Led Class Teaches Foster Youth How to Build and Program Robots

January 7, 2019

A group of talented teens in our community are providing a series of robotics workshops for our foster children to learn the ins and outs of building and programming robots. The sessions are led by Innov8rz-FTC Team 11039, a world-class robotics team with years of experience in mechanical design, software and robotics.? These amazing teens, pictured above, are working with foster youth in g

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Virtual Reality Project Places Users in the Shoes of a Foster Child

Virtual Reality Project Places Users in the Shoes of a Foster Child

January 7, 2019

Child Advocates – CASA of Silicon Valley is collaborating with a virtual reality company to create an experience that places users in the shoes of a child in the foster care system. The project is being funded by a grant from The David and Lucile Packard and Heising-Simons Foundations as a creative way to engage donors and volunteers. “Funders are looking for deeper engagem

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Stories from the Work: Cassandra and Angela

Cassandra and Angela

December 3, 2018

Stories From the Work: Cassandra and Angela When Cassandra first met Angela, Angela was 8 years old. Angela, along with three of her siblings were removed from their home due to sexual abuse by their father. Angela’s mother often blamed her for the breakup of their family. Being young and impressionable, Angela internalized the messages her mother told her and blamed herself for the break

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Stories of Success: Kevelyn and Stacy

Stories of Success: Kevelyn and Stacy

November 19, 2018

When CASA volunteer Stacy first met 14-year-old Kevelyn, she did not receive a warm welcome. Like many foster youth, the Mountain View teen had seen too many adults come and go in her life. Stacy was just one more adult trying to tell her what to do. “It was like everyone was against me,” Kevelyn, now 17, said, “as if I did something wrong.” Stacy turned to her CASA Sup

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Anai's Speech at Wonderful Witchy Women

Foster Youth Wows Audience With Impactful Speech

November 9, 2018

I want to tell you about “My American Eyes”– my Court Appointed Special Advocates/ my CASAs, the women who helped me see that there is a big world out there that I CAN participate in. My family is from Mexico. Life was very difficult for them. My mother brought me to the United States to try to find a better life. Unfortunately, things did not work out for her. My mother ca

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Child Advocates, CASA of Silicon Valley Receives National Grant to  Benefit More Children in Santa Clara County

Child Advocates Receives Grant to Benefit More Children

October 29, 2018

Child Advocates, CASA of Silicon Valley Receives National Grant to Benefit More Children in Santa Clara County MILPITAS, CA, OCT. 25, 2018 – Child Advocates, CASA of Silicon Valley of Santa Clara County, has been awarded a $35,000 capacity grant from the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association. Funds will be used to recruit, train and support more CASA

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October is National Bullying Prevention Month

National Bullying Prevention Month

October 8, 2018

Everybody has the right to be treated with respect. We cannot allow bullying behavior to become normalized, and we musteffectively advocate forchildren in foster care, whoare often targeted. As high as 25% of pre-teens and teens in the general population are estimated to experience bullying, and among marginalized populations, such as foster youth, that figure is much higher –up to

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CASA Facilitates Grant for Child Advocates

CASA Facilitates Grant for Child Advocates

September 10, 2018

Cindy Wilson enjoys giving back to her community. When the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) learned about a grant opportunity at Palo Alto Networks where she works, she jumped at the chance to nominate Child Advocates. Cindy contacted Child Advocates to help her complete the application. A few months later, Child Advocates was awarded a $5,000 grant. “I would e

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Stories From the Work: Midori and Molly

Stories From the Work: Midori and Molly

August 28, 2018

CASA Helps Foster Youth Recognize Her Potential Molly Ganoza is an engaging, bright eyed 24-year-old studying child and adolescent development at San Jose State. She recently completed a paid summer internship at the Santa Clara Department of Families and Children’s Services and her life is moving in a positive direction. When she was 15, Molly faced an uncertain future

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13th Annual Golf Classic Raises over $160,000 for Foster Youth

Child Advocates' 13th Annual Golf Classic

August 28, 2018

Child Advocates of Silicon Valleys’ 13th Annual Golf Classic raised more than $160,000 to benefit foster children in our CASA program. A record 118 golfers participated in the Golf Classic at Los Altos Golf and Country Club on Aug. 27th. Monies generated from the event will be used to recruit, train and support CASAs to work one-on-one with foster children in the Santa Clara Coun

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Helping LGBTQ Foster Youth

Helping LGBTQ Foster Youth

August 14, 2018

Helping LGBTQ Foster Youth August 25-26th marks the 44thyear of Silicon Valley Pride, a celebration of the LGBTQ+ community. Child Advocates will have an Info booth at Pride to help spread the word about our Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program and need for more volunteers from our diverse community. Approximately 14% of our foster youth identify as LGBTQ, indicating that LGBT

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CASAs Help Children Start the School Year Off Right

CASAs Help Children Start the School Year Off Right

August 13, 2018

CASAs Help Children Start the School Year Off Right When a child starts the school year in a new grade it can be exciting and a bit scary. A new teacher to get used to, new subjects to learn, and perhaps new children to meet. If they are transitioning from elementary school to middle school, or middle school to high school they also have to adjust to a new school and new expectations. Imagine t

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Foster Teens Celebrate at Special Graduation Event

Foster Teens Celebrate at Special Graduation Event

July 9, 2018

Foster Teens Celebrate at Special Graduation Event More than 110 Santa Clara County foster youth were all smiles as they received their diplomas for high school and post-secondary achievement during a special graduation celebration at the Silver Creek Valley Country Club in June. Theeventwas hosted by Child Advocates, Silicon Valley Children’s Fund, Bill Wilson Center and the Santa Clara

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Face of Success: Victor Pineda

Face of Success: Victor Pineda

July 9, 2018

Face of Success: Victor Pineda Like many high school graduates, Victor Pineda is basking in happy memories from his recent high school graduation. He’s excited to begin college in the fall at UC Davis where his goal is to become a teacher. It’s hard to believe that just a few years ago Victor’s future was anything but bright. In fact, as a young boy living among gang viole

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Celebrating Fathers and Male Mentors on Father’s Day

Celebrating Fathers and Male Mentors

June 11, 2018

This Father’s Day, families spend time with one another, celebrating the men in their lives – fathers, grandfathers, uncles and brothers. However, for children in foster care, the holiday is often painful, a day of sadness due to separation from family, a day of loneliness. For boys and young men whose fathers are not able to participate in their life, it’s crucia

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National Reunification Month: The Fisher Family

National Reunification Month

June 4, 2018

This June, we celebrate the important accomplishments of parents and the many professionals, including Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs), who work ongettingchildren home safe after they’ve been in the foster care system. It's Child Advocates' goal to make sure children are supported with a CASA and have what they need to move forward in a positive path, when reunifying wi

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Stories From the Work: Elizabeth and Daniel

Elizabeth and Daniel

June 4, 2018

School is out and summer is here! We want to recognize the extraordinary bond of Daniel and his CASA Elizabeth. Elizabeth has been Daniel’s CASA for the last 5 years. Elizabeth became Daniel's CASA, after having what she calls a "life-altering lunch" when a friend suggested she volunteer. When Elizabeth first met Daniel, her goal was to provide guidance and support to the

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The 2nd Annual Los Altos 5k Walk/Run Raises Funds and Awareness for Foster Youth

Los Altos Flower Run

May 25, 2018

When Los Altos resident and Child Advocates board member Debbie Crouse sets her mind to something, she’s unstoppable. And that’s a good thing for Child Advocates. Shortly after joining the board, Debbie conceived of a community event that would be a fun, outdoor activity, and help raise awareness and funds for foster children in our community. She enlisted the help of he

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CASA Hero and Legend Nora Manchester

Nora Manchester

March 8, 2018

CASA Hero and Legend Nora Manchester Nora Manchester doesn’t take ‘no’ for an answer, and that’s a good thing. Thanks to her perseverance and hard work, children in the Santa Clara County Dependency system who have experienced abuse or neglect have hope in the form of a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). Thirty-seven years ago, when she was a Santa Clara C

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