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Introducing Nancy

April 3, 2014  |  Volunteer Voice  |  No Comments

I became Raymond’s CASA eleven years ago after retiring from practicing law. At the time of my CASA appointment, Raymond’s mother faced longstanding, significant challenges with substance abuse, and his then-foster parents, with whom he and his older brother had lived for most of their lives, had just submitted notice for Raymond to be removed from their care. At the time and for years to come, Raymond understandably felt rejected. The fact that they ultimately adopted his brother made the abandonment even more painful and thereby the psychological impact significant.  Since then, Raymond has lived in three different foster homes, some

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Introducing Elsa

March 3, 2014  |  Volunteer Voice  |  Comments Off

Although I was born on the other side of the world, I consider myself a San Franciscan because I have lived here for 40 years.  In 2011, after a company restructure, I found myself back on the job market and determined never to return to the corporate world to earn a living.  I wanted to restructure my own life and decided to find a volunteer opportunity.  I found CASA, applied, trained and was sworn in by Commissioner Abby Abinanti on May 19th, 2011.  As for finding a job, I now freelance, which allows me time to learn how to be

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Introducing William

February 3, 2014  |  Volunteer Voice  |  Comments Off

I’m a Bay Area native who returned to the City four years ago to transition to a new career.  I joined CASA because I felt like I needed more in my life than just work and fun.  What I didn’t know is that I was signing up for the most rewarding volunteer program I’d ever been part of. I was assigned to Kory, a seventeen-year-old young man who has been in the foster care system since he was only a year old.  Kory’s life has been a story of constant loss.  He was removed from the care of his mentally ill

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Introducing Shelley

January 2, 2014  |  Volunteer Voice  |  Comments Off

A little over a year ago my previous case closed and though I was ready to take on a new case my supervisor was waiting for a referral from a social worker who had told him about a child with special needs who in addition to needing a CASA also needed a strong educational surrogate.  I had successfully advocated for a change in academic placement of another child and so he thought this would be a good fit.  My supervisor was right! GN was chosen for adoption at an adoption event a few weeks prior to my assignment and my first

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