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Wine, Women & Shoes 2019 Recap

Wine, Women & Shoes 2019

October 10, 2019

A Fabulous Event for an Even Greater Cause

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Los Altos Rotary Fine Art in the Park Supports Child Advocates

Los Altos Rotary Fine Art in the Park

September 25, 2019

Los Altos Rotary Fine Art in the Park Supports Child Advocates

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14th Annual Golf Classic Raises over $150,000 James Otieno Honored with Skip Shaw Award

2019 Golf Classic

August 27, 2019

Child Advocates of Silicon Valleys’ 14th Annual Golf Classic raisedmore than $150,000 to benefit foster children in our CASA program. More than 100 golfers, sponsors and dinner patrons participated in the tournament at Los Altos Golf and Country Club on Aug. 26th. Monies generated from the event will be used to serve more than 100 foster children in the Santa Clara County dependency system.

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#SmashHighSchool: Summer Bridge Camp Prepares Students for 9th Grade

#SmashHighSchool: Summer Bridge Camp Prepares Students for 9th Grade

August 9, 2019

#SmashHighSchool: Summer Bridge Camp Prepares Students for 9th Grade Transitioning from middle school to high school can be a scary thing. For kids in foster care who have experienced abuse and neglect, adjusting to a new school can be overwhelming. That’s why Child Advocates partnered with Santa Clara University, the Santa Clara County Department of Children and Family Services, the

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County Foster Youth Celebrate Accomplishments at 2nd Annual Graduation Event

County Foster Youth Celebrate Accomplishments at 2nd Annual Graduation Event

July 8, 2019

More than 70 Current and Former Foster Youth are honored for Achieving Educational Milestone More than 70 Santa Clara County current and former foster youth were honored in June 2019 for graduating from High School, obtaining a GED, earning a Vocational Program Certificate, Associate Degree, Bachelor and/or Master’s Degree in the 2018-2019 academic year. "We are thrilled to c

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National Reunification Month: Danielle and Jon-Rey

Danielle and Jon-Rey

June 10, 2019

This June, during National Reunification Month, we celebrate the hard work and achievements that many Santa Clara County families endure in order to reunify. When a child is removed from the home and placed in foster care, it is the hope that one day they can reunify with their families. Child Advocates’ provides guidance and support to these foster children and youth as they navigate this t

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Judge Shawna Schwarz Awarded National CASA

Judge of the Year

June 10, 2019

Child Advocates of Silicon Valley Presents VR Project at National CASA Conference Santa Clara County Judge Shawna Schwarz has yet another award to add to her collection of accolades for her work on the bench. On June 3, 2019, the National CASA Association presented Judge Schwarz with the Honorable David W. Soukup Judge of the year award for her work on behalf of children in the Sant

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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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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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