Voices for Children

VoicesForChild

Mission Statement: Voices for Children transforms the lives of abused children by providing them with volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs). We believe that every child deserves a safe and permanent home, and to that end, will review and monitor every court file in the system, provide a CASA to every child in the foster care system who needs one, and advocate to improve the lives of foster children.

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Advancing Health and Wellness: Voices for Children increases awareness about the foster care system and advocates for legal policies and practices that enhance the quality of life for foster children.

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Description: Sadly, over 5,000 San Diego County children suffer unspeakable abuse or neglect and are removed from their homes. We wish their stories always had a happy ending, but that is often not the case. The reality is that foster care is its own kind of devastation wrought with unstable living conditions and ineffective support systems. While the system is made up of many dedicated professionals, it is also overwhelmed. Social workers carry up to 25 cases at once, attorneys represent over 150 children, and judges have a burden of up to 500 cases. Resources are too limited to give every child the attention they deserve. It’s not hard to understand how a foster child’s medical issues can go unnoticed or unaddressed.
But Voices for Children (VFC) is changing this paradigm with our Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs). CASAs are matched with a single child or sibling group, become experts in their cases, and provide Court advocacy to ensure they have access to much-needed medical care.

VFC is unique within the foster care community as the only agency authorized by the Superior Court to provide CASA services. However, we routinely collaborate with judges, attorneys, social workers, counselors, psychologists, and other nonprofit organizations and interact daily with the County’s Health and Human Services Agency, foster care facilities/shelters, and foster child services of all kinds to ensure the best outcomes for our children. We know that the system alone cannot offer foster children hope for a happy, healthy future, so we work with our community partners to change the way foster care works.

Contact Information: Sharon Lawrence, CEO, President | SharonL@speakupnow.org | https://www.speakupnow.org | Facebook

Address: 2851 Meadow Lark Drive, San Diego, CA 92123

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