Court Appointed Special Advocate


Love on the Frontlines of Foster Care

  Hi, my name is Annie. I’m 27 years old, an age I honestly didn’t think I’d ever live to become. I was placed in foster care at the age of 17, though it should’ve happened much earlier.


Accepting My Character

My name is Lauren Werner and I am a senior at a California state university. My educational aspirations consist of acquiring a bachelor’s degree in international studies with a concentration in global culture, and a double minor in political science and French.


Leading Child Welfare Systems Past the Worst Tragedies

How do you build and maintain an effective child protection system when faced with the challenge of a high-profile child death? While leaders often react by making immediate changes and promising reform, a calm, measured approach is much more effective.


Voices for Children, Southern California CASA Provider, Names New CEO

Voices for Children, which provides court appointed special advocates (CASAs) to foster children in San Diego and Riverside Counties, has named John Valencia as its new president and CEO. Valencia, who previously served as the vice chancellor of workforce and organizational development at Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District in at El Cajon, California, will start at Voices for Children on Feb.


Former Foster Youth Jelani Freeman Takes Stage at DNC, Says Clinton Will Fight for Foster Youth

Last night, Jelani Freeman boarded a train from Washington, D.C. to Philadelphia, where today he will take the stage at the Democratic National Convention. Now working as an attorney in D.C.,