April 2019
  April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month
"On average a child abuse report is made every 10 seconds in America."

Spring Event Honors Karen Scussel; Raises Record Amount
Former Executive Director Karen Scussel was honored as a CASA Hero and Legend at Child Advocates' Spring Event One Night In Vegas . The event raised a record $425,000!

Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Shawna Schwarz thanked Karen for her 18 years with the agency and her volunteer work as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for 17 foster youth.

After an introduction by San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, new CEO Frederick J. Ferrer, pledged to serve every child in the dependency system with a CASA by 2021. "I am not going to miss my shot to improve their lives," said Frederick.

Former Foster Youth Praises CASA in Speech at Spring Event
Deborah Rutledge received a standing ovation for her powerful keynote speech at our Spring Event. Deborah recalled her time in the foster care system when she was 13 years old and how her CASA, Karen Scussel, changed her life.

"What I remember about Karen was her smile, her encouragement and her positivity; there was never any judgment about my situation. Most importantly, Karen provided moments of relief during a very dark time. She let me know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel." 
Upcoming Event
Flower Run for Foster Kids
The 3rd Annual Flower Run for Foster Kids will be held on Sunday, April 28th at the Sunnyvale Baylands Park.

Don your flower gear and run, walk or stroll through the beautiful preserved wetlands around the Bay. All proceeds benefit foster children in our community who are served by  Child Advocates of Silicon Valley.

Event Details and Schedule

  • Sunday April 28, 2019
  • Sunnyvale Baylands Park | 999 E. Caribbean Dr. | Sunnyvale
  • Check-in 8:30 AM 
  • 5K Run/Walk 9:30 AM
  • Raffle and Prizes 10:30 AM
Give OUT Day: April 18
April 18th is Give OUT Day , a national day of online giving to raise critical funds to support hundreds of nonprofits serving and advocating for the LGBTQ community.

Child Advocates is participating in Give Out Day to raise funds to support our LGBTQ foster youth. Our goal is to raise $10,000 to match 10 CASAs with 10 LGBTQ foster youth. Please consider making a gift.

Click the link below to watch a short video on how to give and what your donation can do to change a life.
Law Rocks! Battle of the Bands Benefit
Law Rocks, a battle of the bands with proceeds benefiting local nonprofits is returning to San Francisco for the 7th year in a row.

Board member Michael Schlemmer, a partner at  Morgan, Lewis & Bockius,  will be rocking out with his band, Morgan, Lewis and Rockius to benefit Child Advocates!

When:  Thursday, April 25th
Where:  The Chapel777 Valencia Street
San Francisco
Time: Doors open at 7:00 pm. Concert starts at 7:30 pm
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. Our next evening Info Session is Wednesday, May 8th.

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