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SFCASA Milestones

SFCASA Milestones1991: SFCASA began operations with a class of 11 volunteers.

1996: SFCASA presents the CASA Award to Supervisor Michael Yaki for distinguished contributions to the children of San Francisco.

1997: The Board of Supervisors issues Certificate of Honor in appreciation for public recognition of distinction and merit for outstanding service to Leon A. Farley for his contributions to the San Francisco CASA Program.

The California State Assembly issues Certificate of Recognition to the San Francisco CASA Program for their commitment to the youth of San Francisco.

1999: SFCASA was selected by the Stuart Foundation to participate in a pilot study of the effectiveness of CASA volunteers providing intensive services to infants and toddlers ages 0–3. The success of this project led to the implementation of our highly successful Infant and Toddler Program.

SFCASA Recognizes the Honorable Willie L. Brown, Jr. for distinguished contributions to the children of San Francisco.

2000: SFCASA received the 2000 DAISY Award recognizing distinguished achievement in inspiring or serving youth.

The Department of Youth and Family Services presents SFCASA with Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of our contribution to provide high quality services to the children, youth, and families in San Francisco.

2002: SFCASA again receives a Certificate of Appreciation from the Department of Youth and Family Services, as well as a Certificate of Recognition from the California State Assembly for our work as advocates and mentors on behalf of foster children in San Francisco stating, “The efforts of SFCASA provide youth in the foster care system with a safe anchor in an often turbulent world.”

2003: SFCASA was the first CASA program to be included in an NIH/UCSF study of the impact of CASA volunteer advocacy on foster children’s health.

2004: The Department of Youth and Family Services again presents SFCASA with Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of our contribution to provide high quality services to the children, youth, and families in San Francisco.

2007: SFCASA dedicated a full time staff member, the Educational Advocacy Coordinator, to train, coordinate, and supervise all SFCASA volunteer advocacy efforts to meet our client children’s individual learning needs. The Educational Advocacy Coordinator also serves as an official liaison to the school district.

2011: Jeff Perry, SFCASA’s Educational Advocacy Coordinator receives Certificate of Recognition from the California State Legislature honoring “unwavering support of youth in the foster care system, strengthening the skills and talents that might otherwise be overlooked, using outstanding leadership and mentorship to provide a solid foundation to those without one, and helping to empower the leaders of tomorrow…”

SFCASA participates in 20 Days in May to celebrate 20 years of serving the foster youth of San Francisco. This campaign featuring life-size photos and facts of foster children that were photographed at various locations throughout the City and included in the SFCASA Blog.

Today: CASA has grown to a network of 900 local programs with more than 59,000 volunteers serving 243,000 abused and neglected children nationwide.

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