March 2019
  Last year, 95% of our CASA high school seniors completed high school compared to less than 50% of foster youth in Santa Clara County.
Media Coverage: Child Advocates' New CEO Featured in San Jose Spotlight
In case you haven't heard, we have a new CEO! Frederick J. Ferrer took over the reigns from Karen Scussel, our executive director, who is retiring after six and a half years of heading the agency.

"Fred brings a lot of experience to the position,” said Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez, who’s known Ferrer for more than 20 years and has focused on foster youth during her time on the county board. “He’s joining a really strong organization, and paired with his strengths as an operative thinker, they will make it an even more robust system for the Silicon Valley.
Stories of Success: Linda Jared and Michael
CASAs who have worked with infants and young children know it is a special and unique form of volunteering. Working with an infant or toddler can mean getting to know their parent as 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.

Linda decided she wanted to work with younger children after she learned that a growing number of children in the CASA program are between the ages of 0 to 5 years old.
Upcoming Event
Annual Spring Event: One Night in Vegas
Join us for a fun night of cocktails and games, a live auction, and dinner and dancing to raise funds for foster children in Silicon Valley!

Saturday, April 6, 2019
Club Auto Sport
6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

  • Individual Tickets: $250
  • Table of Ten: $2,500
  • Sponsorships: $2500 - $10,000

All proceeds benefit foster children in Santa Clara County. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Marilyn at 408.573.5663 or email her at
3rd Annual Flower Run to Benefit Foster Youth
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 9:00 AM
  • Raffle and Prizes 10:15 AM
March is Women's History Month
In honor of Women's History Month, we'd like to shine the spotlight on Karen Scussel, a CASA Hero and Legend who we are honoring at this year's Spring Gala.

Karen Scussel has been involved with Child Advocates for more than 18 years and has advocated for 17 children. She has been a member of the Board of Directors, Interim director of Volunteer Services, Interim Director of Programs and an Education Advocacy Supervisor. In October 2012, Karen became the Executive Director for the agency. We Invite you to make a donation in her honor.

"Every foster child deserves to have a consistent, caring, adult in their life to listen to their concerns and nurture their hopes and dreams."

-Karen Scussel
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, March 13th. Our next daytime Info Session will be Thursday, March 14th.

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