August 2017
One Fact You Need to Know:
95%
      of our youth completed their high school requirements this year!

Greetings!


Thank you for reading CASA Friends, Child Advocates' monthly newsletter featuring stories about our agency, the children we serve, and events to support our work. We're trying out a new mobile friendly design that's easier to read and share. Let me know what you think and what types of stories you'd like to see featured in future monthly issues. 


Thank you!

Laura Fulda

Laura@cadvocates.org 

Community Development Director

News
Foster Youth Get Lesson in Healthy Cooking
Whoever said there were too many cooks in the kitchen hasn’t experienced a Child Advocates’ Cooking Class! But earlier this month, 16 foster youth and their Advocates packed into a kitchen to learn how to prepare healthy pizzas together -- but that's not all they learned.
Child Advocates Welcomes Cisco Director to the Board 
From volunteer to board member, Denise Lombard’s passion for helping foster children has driven her to join Child Advocates' board at a crucial juncture in our agency’s 31-year-old history.

Events

12th Annual Golf Classic
Monday, Aug. 28, 10am-7pm
Los Altos Country Club

There's still time to get tickets for our Golf Classic! Enjoy a day of golf or join us for dinner. We'll be presenting the Skip Shaw Inspiration Award to Howard Slayen a former Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) and current board member. We'd love to see you there!
Wine, Women & Shoes: Be There, Be Fabulous!
Sunday, Oct. 8, 2-6pm
Villa Montalvo

Sample boutique wines, nibble gourmet bites, compete in our ‘Best in Shoe’ contest, shop our marketplace, participate in exciting auctions and the chance to win the ultimate dream closet! 
Register: ThetaBreakers Run & Walk
Sunday, Oct. 15, starting at 9am
Stanford Campus

Lace-up your sneakers and get ready for the 32nd Annual ThetaBreakers! Hundreds of people join in the 5K run/walk and 10K run around the beautiful Stanford campus. All proceeds benefit Child Advocates.
Community
Foster Youth Gets A Home of His Own
At 18, an adoption like Carson’s is rare. According to the California CASA Association, statewide, only 15 of 12,025 adults (up to age 22) in foster care were adopted last year in California. That is one of the many reasons that CASAs are so important in foster children's lives. We're so happy for Carson and his new family!
Foster Youth Receive Donated Backpacks
Kudos to the Muslim American Society for donating 75 backpacks filled with school supplies to Child Advocates. The backpacks were dropped off during the Society’s 10th annual Back-to-School Backpack Project. Read the story.

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Free Mountain Winery Tickets This Saturday! 
The Mountain Winery has generously offered Child Advocates supporters, CASAs and foster children tickets to a Saturday, 8/19 7:30pm concert -- a portion of the concert proceeds will benefit Child Advocates. 14-time Grammy Winner Béla Fleck & The Flecktones will be performing with the Chick Corea Elektric Band. Email Caroline ( caroline@cadvocates.org) for tickets. You can pick-up your tickets at the Child Advocates' Info table near Will Call.
Take Action
Tell a Friend About Us!
We're always in need of more CASA volunteers -- we have 150 foster children on our waitlist. If you know someone who you think would make a great CASA, encourage them to attend an Info Session. Our next info session is  September 12th in San Jose. We've made a quick graphic you can share on Facebook/ LinkedIn/ Twitter to let your friends know.
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