February 2018
One Fact You Need to Know:
98% of CASAs recommend the volunteer experience
“Volunteering as a CASA is one of the best things I have ever done for myself. I truly feel I have made an impact.”
- CASA volunteer
News
Michael Schlemmer Joins Board
Child Advocates welcomes Michael Schlemmer to the board. Michael is a partner of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP . He counsels businesses on all aspects of their employment law needs and has provided pro bono counsel to Child Advocates.

Before graduating from UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law, Michael spent five years working with emancipating foster youth in Tulare and Contra Costa Counties. 
Child Advocates Awarded Grant to Develop Virtual Reality Project  
Child Advocates has been awarded a prestigious $50,000 grant from the Heising-Simons Foundation and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation to utilize technology to develop a virtual reality project focusing on a day in the life of a foster child.

Child Advocates is one of 20 nonprofits chosen by the foundations to participate in the Giving Code Learning and Experimentation Grants.
Upcoming Event
Spring Event: Disco, Dine and Make a Difference!
Join us for a fun night of groovy hits, dancing and raising funds for foster children in Silicon Valley!

Saturday, March 10, 2018
Club Auto Sport
6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

  • Individual Tickets: $250
  • Table of Ten: $2,500


All proceeds benefit foster children in Santa Clara County.
Community
Stories from the Work: CASAs Help Foster Youth Play Ball
So often, foster children just want to feel like regular kids. For 13-year-old Isaac, that meant overcoming a visual disability and playing club football with his little brother Nate. There was only one problem: their guardian did not have the money for the boys to join a club.

Isaac and Nate's CASAs turned to Child Advocates to help make the boys dreams come true.
CAL CASA CEO Addresses Child Abuse in Op Ed Piece
The recent shocking news story of 13 children and young adults, ages 2 to 29 found to be shackled in a home in Riverside County, apparently starved and tortured by their own parents has reverberated across America.

We would like to think this abuse is an anomaly, but, sadly, it is not. In California, there are 60,550 children and youth — newborns to 21 — who are in the foster care system because they suffered abuse or neglect by their parents. 
Take Action
Invite a Friend to Become a CASA Volunteer!
Do you know someone who would make a great CASA volunteer? Invite them to learn more about our CASA program!

Our next Info Session is tonight, Feb. 7 at the Sobrato Center for Nonprofits in San Jose at 6:15 pm. Additional days are available so check out our Info Session schedule here!

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