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Message from our Executive Director

Board of Directors Dave Ewert, President Excelleration Consulting

When I started working for CASA almost seven years ago, I had no idea at the time that I would be joining a force of individuals unwaveringly dedicated to and passionate about serving underprivileged, broken, and hurting foster youth. It is not an understatement to say that my journey with CASA and its superb assembly of board members, staff, volunteers, and supporters has not only helped those we serve, but they have also helped mold and shape me into the person I am today. The mission of advocating for children who need a voice is an unmet and ever-growing need. Meeting an 11-year-old child that has only known drug-addicted parents and insurmountable chaos, who has just experienced losing contact with his siblings and being placed in seven different foster homes, is a tragedy that should never occur. Sadly, this story and so many others like it are the reality for the majority of the 400 children we served last year. The deep need for highly trained, dedicated Advocates has only grown in the 25 years we have been serving this community. That is why we work hard at recruiting more volunteers, supervising and coaching the volunteers we do have, and raising the much needed funds to keep our doors open. None of this happens without you. Without you, our children will fall through the cracks of society. Throughout this newsletter, you will learn about ways you can attend a CASA orientation, volunteer at an event, attend one of our awesome fundraisers, or donate to this cause. It goes without saying that CASA needs you. For those that have supported us in the past, we are deeply grateful. For those that have not, we invite you to join us. Yours in Advocacy,

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Jeff Warren, Secretary Klein, DeNatale, Goldner, Cooper, Rosenlieb & Kimball, LLP Shannon Webster, Treasurer Daniells Phillips Vaughan & Bock Abby Auffant Chevron Terri Collins Watson Realty ERA Ryan Cunha Yurosek Farms Jay Ericsson Wells Fargo Private Bank Leslie Golich, Past President Kaiser Permanente Julio Gonzalez Citizen’s Business Bank Brandon Grimm Grimmway Farms Joyce Holtzclaw E&B Natural Resources Mike Martinez Pro Tool Services Cindy Minner Wells Fargo Bank Jenifer Natto Outlets at Tejon Jannette Pedersen California Resources Corporation Heather Pennella Bakersfield College Foundation Sally Selby Kaiser Permanente Amy Travis Executive Director Karen Covington Advocate Board Liaison

THANK YOU TO OUR 2018 CIRCLE OF HOPE MEMBERS Your monthly gift makes a positive impact in the life of a foster child. Dr. Elizabeth Altmiller Mr. & Mrs. Don Banks Mrs. Bonnie Basham Mr. & Mrs. Mark Bateman Mr. & Mrs. Angelo Beccari Ms. Stacie Bender Mrs. Sue Berry Ms. Christel Chagoya Ms. Cheryl Collins Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Collins Mr. John Comrie Mr. Ryan Cunha Ms. Margaret DeArmond Ms. Shelia Dormier Mr. & Mrs. Dorsey Driggs Mr. & Mrs. Robert Duchow Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Eaves Ms. Teri Elliott Mr. & Mrs. David Ewert Mrs. Tammie Fanning Mr. & Mrs. Charles Fisher Mr. & Mrs. Josh Fitzpatrick Ms. Therese Foley Mr. & Mrs. Russell Garner Drs. James & Roberta George Mr. & Mrs. Jules Ghyselinck

Mr. & Mrs. Greg Golich Mr. & Mrs. Julio Gonzalez Ms. Veronica Green Mrs. Micky Heppe Mr. Juan Herrera-Olea Dr. Gregory Heyart Mrs. Joyce Holtzclaw Mrs. Teresa Howard Mrs. Margaret Jephson Mr. & Mrs. Larry Kaff Ms. Marjorie Kamb Mrs. Jennifer Kavanaugh Kiwanis Club of Delano Mr. & Mrs. Gilbert LaRoque Ms. Judy Lehmeier Dr. & Mrs. Matthew Malerich Mr. Michael Mariani Mr. & Mrs. Mike Martinez Ms. Colleen A. McGauley Mr. & Mrs. John McGauley Mr. & Mrs. Pat McGauley Mr. & Mrs. Pat Mellon Ms. Cindy Minner Dr. B.J. Moore Mr. & Mrs. Donald Moss Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Musser

Ms. Jane Parsons Mr. & Mrs. Pritesh Patel Ms. Bethany Peak Mr. & Mrs. Chris Pedersen Ms. Heather Pennella Mrs. Kay Pitts Mrs. Lori Porterfield Mr. & Mrs. Vincent Rojas Mr. & Mrs. Brett Selby Mrs. Janet Shaw Mrs. DeAnn Straub The Honorable Robert Tafoya & Ms. Sandra Serrano Mrs. Kate Tandy Mr. & Mrs. Scott Tobias Mr. & Mrs. Dwight Todd Ms. Barbara Tongate Mr. & Mrs. ChadTongco Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Travis Mr. & Mrs. Tom Tupper Mr. & Mrs. Jesse Valencia Mr. & Mrs. Paul Welchans Mrs. Mary Womack Mr. & Mrs. Jon Zaninovich Mr & Mrs. Barry Zoeller

Thank you to our 2018 Program Partners




Program Spotlight

Mental Health Advocacy Mental Health Advocates take on a 45-day assignment where they can advocate for a child by mining their court files and documenting their mental health concerns and any trauma the child has endured. The documentation is then compiled into an Essential History report by the Mental Health Advocate Supervisor and provided to the proper professionals. This work ensures the children get appropriate mental health treatment.

Above: Staff members from CASA of Santa Barbara County after completing our Mental Health Advocacy training.

Each of our training classes now receives 4.5 hours of Mental Health Advocacy Training before they take their Oath of Office as Court Appointed Special Advocates.

Our Mental Health Advocates completed 82 Essential Histories for foster youth on psychotropic medications in 2018. CASA of Kern County's Mental Health Advocacy Program is generously funded by: Aera Energy Foundation Crail-Johnson Foundation Kaiser Permanente Kern Family Health Care Community Grant Sister Phyllis Hughes Endowment for Special Needs

Help a foster child bloom where they are planted. Become a CASA. Our Spring Training begins on April 24. If you are interested in becoming a CASA, or know someone who might be, call the CASA office at (661) 631-2272 4

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Advocates who served a child in 2018 Russ Abercrombie Laura Alford Kelley Allen Liz Altmiller Antonette Ayers Diane Baumruk Lisa Beatty Ann Beman Peggy Bergman-Smith Gizel Bermudez Tamara Bernard Saiqa Bhat Carrie Bond Chris Boyd Susan Boyd Angie Boyler Glenda Braun Carolyn Buck Rebecca Bullard Destinee Calhoun Aaron Campos Paula Ceballos Julie Cesare Maria Chavira Carolyn Christolear Mary Coleman Rebecca Collins Cheryl Collins Jennifer Constantine Sherry Core Iyali Corona Randy Coulter Karen Covington Janie Cross Inocencia Cruz Sue Daniels Joe Daugherty Amber Dixon Dorsey Driggs Christi Dugas Cramer Mary Ann Dunham Patricia Ebel Kelsey Eddings Tammie Fanning Vicki Farias Pushpini Fernando Jennifer Figuieredo Lauren Figueroa Lourdes Flores Yolanda Flores Beverly Foster Charis Franz

Melissa Galicia Jacqueline Garcia Karina Garcia Timothy Garcia Russell Garner Kirstin Garrett Bobbie George David George Jim George Rosa Gomez Breann Goodmon Veronica Green Jennifer Haines Elizabeth Haley Debra Haley Beth Heisey Jennifer Henry Micky Heppe Pamela Hernandez Melissa Hetzel Tracye Hicks Vicky Hoffman Cindi Hoover Tina Hopper Peggy Horn Deanna Hostetter Adriana Humphrey William Humphrey Cheryl Hunter Lawyer Susanne Icardo Michelle Jackson Esther James Margaret Jephson Ashley Jimenez Diane Johnson Paul Johnson Laurie Johnson Jessica Kaff Brenda Keele Cheryl Ketchum Sadia Khan Leslie Kimble Bobbi KirkegaardJensen Paul Linder Rhonda Litt-Stoner Michelle Lumis Crystal Madden Pat Mahan Eleanor Maldonado Dusty Maness Scott Manzer

Ruthann Marquez Audrey Martinez Cristina Martinez Michelle Martinez Carolyn McIntyre Stacy McKenzie Gaylene Merz Christine Meyer Terry Meyer Donna Miller Ken Miller Lora Minton Cyrus Moon BJ Moore Martha Mortimer Don Moss Karen Moss Kim Moss Linda Muniz Shantha Nalur Christina Negrete Kelli Neuman Jenni Newton Veronica Oglesby Ty Ohanneson Maricela Ortiz Mary Ortiz Sarah Owens Katie Palla Jane Parsons Nancy Paul Ruby Payne Nichole Perry-Simpson Laura Pineda Lori Porterfield April Presa Cheryl Prude Christina Pulido Martin Pulido Linda QuezadaDominguez Pritika Ram Diana Ramirez Laura Ramirez Kristy Rapley Helen Rosario Rivera Carol Robinson Debbie Rohatsch Samantha Rosales Melissa Row Mitchell Rowland Marlene Sanchez Jerry Saville Judy Saville Anne Schlesinger

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Diana Shaw Janet Shaw Shawna Smith Lucia Sosa Pamela Spitzer Christopher Stahnke Jamie Swan Becky Thomas Theresa Thompson Corinne Thompson Fran Thompson Dwight Todd Judy Todd Karen Townsend Linda Traynor Susan Trihey Mary VanderWerff Angela Vazquez Megan Wade Rob White Irene Williams Shannon Williams Christine Wilson Yazmin Zavala

Our Advocates served 407 children in 2018

A CASA Story: ROb & Zach by Madelyn Janssen of KGET

Navigating the foster care system can be confusing and downright scary. Studies show foster kids are more likely to wind up in prison, homeless, or parents at a young age. That's where Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Kern County comes in. The organization gives foster children Advocates, who sometimes turn into mentors. It's a program that can be life changing, some might even say life saving. Zachary Sanders has been through a lot in his 19 years. He ended up in the foster system when he was four years old. "My mother was a drug addict. I was adopted for a little bit. I was kicked out, I suppose you would say, of my adopted family." Sanders was used to not being able to count on anyone, so he pushed away even those who wanted to help. "You constantly meet new people. You get put in a new foster family. They make all sorts of promises, 'Oh, we love you, we're going to be your last family.' Then two months later, 'Oh, you gotta leave.'" When he was fifteen-years-old, Sanders was assigned a CASA volunteer. He didn't expect Rob White to stick around long. "Kids have people come and go and everybody is being paid to be part of the system. That's where I have an advantage over all of them, because I am a volunteer," said White. White has been a CASA volunteer for five-and-a-half years. He has had seven cases in that time. A CASA volunteer learns the child's case and history, then advocates in court for the child's best interests. Sometimes that means working toward a permanent home for kids Advocate Rob White (left) with Zachary Sanders (right) at Zach's Marine Boot Camp graduation. who've been bounced around all their lives. Sometimes they help implement educational interventions. And sometimes, like in Sanders' case, the CASA can point the child in a new direction. "He helped me start stepping in the right way. He talked me into going into the Grizzly Academy in San Luis Obispo. "The academy is for at-risk students. It was a turning point for Sanders. After graduating, he decided to join the Marines. "The Marines is like a family and I've never really had that much of a family before." Now, at 19, he has graduated from boot camp and is in training in Oklahoma City. But he'll forever be grateful for the impact CASA had on his life. "I would probably be somewhere in the gutters in Sacramento still, if it wasn't for you guys." White and Sanders still keep in touch. Meanwhile, White is working on a new case. "The kids are good kids but they're not given the tools to make good choices. As a CASA worker, you know their story, and know how to be able to gain their trust so they will listen to good options they would never have considered before." Zach (far right) and some of his fellow newly graduated Marines.

 Right now there are 57 foster children on the waiting list for a CASA. If you're interested in becoming an Advocate, there is a training class beginning in late April. Visit KernCASA.org or call (661) 631-2272 for more information. www.kerncasa.org



Our 2018 donors, who made it possible to serve 407 children. CASA of Kern County relies on private donations to continue our important mission of advocating for safe & permanent homes for abused & neglected children. We thank the following individuals, companies, foundations, & organizations for caring about the children in Kern County's juvenile dependency system. Every effort was made to include all donors. Please call the CASA office (661) 631-2272 if your name has been misspelled or excluded.


Alzheimers Disease Association of Kern County AmazonSmile Foundation Amicus Foundation AT&T Matching Gift Program Bakersfield Jazzercise Bakersfield Sports Lions Club Ben H. & Gladys Arkelian Foundation C & A Ream Consulting, Inc. CA Golden Empire CPCU Society California CASA California Resources Corp. Matching Contributions Center for Spiritual Living Chevron Humankind Employer Matching Funds County of Kern Crail-Johnson Foundation Cynthia Lake Charitable Trust Democratic Women of Kern Don C. & Diane S. Lake Family Duke Energy Renewables Harry & Ethel West Foundation Imbibe In-N-Out Burger Foundation Judicial Council of California Kelly Management Kern County Bar Association Kern County Firefighters Union Kern Health Systems Kern Valley State Prison Kiwanis Club of Delano Lake Family Foundation Leonis Family Foundation Mister Car Wash Moneywise, Inc. Network for Good Office of Emergency Services Parvin Foundation Patricia Crail Brown Foundation Robert Grimm Family Foundation Robert Raskind Charitable Foundation Semloh Foundation Shell Oil Company Foundation Matching Gifts Sister Phyllis Hughes Grants Program Southern Valley Chemical Co. State Farm Companies Foundation Steinert Family Foundation Tehachapi Community Church Temblor Brewing Company The Gallon Family Trust Truist by Frontstream United Way California Capital Region Wonderful Employee Giving Program Wonderful Giving Wyndam Residents Association

Corporate Sponsors

Ability Answering Service Adventist Health Aera Energy Aldi, Inc. Angel Errands, Inc. Bakersfield Behavioral Healthcare Hospital Bakersfield Hyundai Bakersfield Well & Pump Co. Berkshire Hathaway Energy BJ's Restaurants, Inc. California Resources Corporation Chevron Citizen's Business Bank Edison International Kaiser Permanente Ken & Teri Jones Pro Tool Services Pros Inc. R.W. Montgomery Insurance Services Sempra Energy Tejon Ranch Company Tejon Ranch Outlets The Marvin Steinert Family Charitable Trust Wells Fargo Bank WestAmerica Bank Wonderful Company Your Drug Store


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Corporate In-Kind Contributions

Ad Class Advance Beverage Company Advanced Distribution Company Adventist Health Avila Guided Hunts Bakersfield Condors Bakersfield East Rotary Club Bakersfield Fire Department Bakersfield Overtime Automotive Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra Barbich Hooper King Dill Hoffman Bellissima Medical Aesthetics Bolles Nursery Borda Mortgage Associates CafĂŠ Smitten California Mentor California State University, Bakersfield Charlie's Original Ice Cream Company Chef's Choice Noodle Bar Clean Stride Colombo Construction Cricklewood CSUB Athletics Cynderella's Luxury Limo Delta Kappa Gamma Dewar's Fidelity National Home Warranty Gimmee Some Sugar Golden Bear Winery H&E Services, Inc. H. Walkers House of Talula Hydratech Network Solutions Imbibe Johanna's Ice Cream & Candy Junior League of Bakersfield Kern County Education Association Kern Machinery KERO-23 KGET-17 Klein DeNatale Goldner Cooper Rosenlieb & Kimball KUZZ M.D. Atkinson Moo Creamery Ovation Theater Pros, Inc. Rabobank Arena RCB Inspections & Termite Control Rio Bravo Country Club S.L. Shaw Company Santa Carota Seven Oaks Country Club Signature Property Inspections Skylark North Southern California Medical College Sweet Surrender Synergy Wellness Temblor Brewing Company The BLVD Valley Bible Fellowship Walker-Lewis Rents Wells Fargo Bank Woodland Unfinished Furniture

Our 2018 donors, who made it possible to serve 407 children. CASA of Kern County relies on private donations to continue our important mission of advocating for safe & permanent homes for abused & neglected children. We thank the following individuals, companies, foundations, & organizations for caring about the children in Kern County's juvenile dependency system. Every effort was made to include all donors. Please call the CASA office (661) 631-2272 if your name has been misspelled or excluded.

Individual Contributions

Mr. & Mrs. Derek Abbott Mr. & Mrs. Robert Aceves Ms. Gloria Aguirre Ms. Debbie Alberstadt Mr. Anthony Albitre Ms. Isamar Alejandre Ms. Diana Alexander Ms. Elousie Alexander Ms. Gabrielle Alexander Mr. Thomas Alexander Ms. Laura Alford Ms. Julia Almaraz Ms. Joanna Alonso Mr. & Mrs. Ryan Alsop Mr. & Mrs. Jesus Alvarado Ms. Bree Alvarez Ms. Marta Alvarez Mr. Matthew Alvarez Ms. Ashley Andalon Mr. Paul Andre Ms. Mary Jo Anhalt Mr. Jack Anspach Mr. & Mrs. John Anspach The Honorable & Mrs. Robert Anspach Ms. Brooke Antonioni Mr. Craig Apker Ms. Lucila Arellano Ms. Marguerite Armstrong Ms. Alison Arnold Mr. Nelson Asbill Mr. & Mrs. Matt Ashley Mr. & Mrs. Ariel Auffant Ms. Brenda Austin Ms. Chelle Austin Ms. Jackelyn Avila Ms. Maria Aviles Mr. & Mrs. David Avis Ms. Shannon Bailey Ms. Melissa Baldelomar Ms. Lisa Baldridge Ms. Michelle Ballou Mr. & Mrs. Gurjit Bandesha Mr. & Mrs. Sean Barker Mr. Matthew Barnes Mr. & Mrs. Steve Barnes Ms. Hazel Barragan Mr. & Mrs. Robert Barton Mr. & Mrs. Mark Bateman Ms. Julie Baum Ms. Diane Baumruk Mr. Stephen Beard Mr. & Mrs. Tim Beard Mr. & Mrs. Antonio Beccari Mrs. Paola Beccera Ms. Michelle Beck Ms. Ericka Bejarano Ms. Michelle Bell Ms. Rene Belsey Mr. & Mrs. Gary Belter Mr. & Mrs. Bob Bender Ms. Catherine Bennett Ms. Lilia Bennett Mr. Michael Bennett Mr. & Mrs. Robert Bennett Ms. Gizel Bermudez Ms. Mariah Bermudez Mr. Jose Bernal Ms. Tamara Bernard Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Berry Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Betz Dr. & Mrs. Manick Bhardwaj Ms. Saiqa Bhat Ms. Eleia Bibay Ms. Sue Bickford Ms. Christine Birkholz Mr. & Mrs. James Black Ms. Katherine Black Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Bovberg Mr. Blair Budai Mr. & Mrs. Russell Carlson Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Carter Mr. & Mrs. Peter Carton Ms. Katherine Cesare Ms. Donna Chaffee Ms. Shantha Chandrasekaran Ms. Cynthia Chase Ms. Margaret Clay Ms. Cheryl Collins

Individual Contributions (cont.)

Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Collins Mrs. Rebecca Collins Drs. Gitika & Chandra Commuri Mr. & Mrs. Matt Constantine Ms. Iyali Corona Ms. Evelyn Corrigan Mr. & Mrs. Randy Coulter Ms. Janie Cross Mr. Salvador Cruz Mr. Ryan Cunha Ms. Virginia Dallas-Dull Mr. & Mrs. Yanick Dalomba Mrs. Sue Daniels Ms. Kim Davis Ms. Margaret DeArmond Mr. & Mrs. Steven Del Papa Ms. Olivia Delgadillo Ms. Joan Dezember Mr. & Mrs. Fred Dorer Mr. & Mrs. Robert Duchow Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Eaves Ms. Patricia Ebel Mr. William Edmonds Mr. & Mrs. Jacob Eide Ms. Terri Elliot Mr. & Mrs. Jay Ericsson Mr. & Mrs. Dave Ewert Mrs. Tammie Fanning Ms. Vicki Farias Ms. Carol Fenwick Ms. Robin Fernandez Ms. Pushpini Fernando Dr. & Mrs. Mylon Filkins Mrs. Jean Fisher Mr. & Mrs. Josh Fitzpatrick Ms. E. Robin Fleming Ms. Therese Foley Mr. Randall Fort Mrs. Beverly Foster Mr. & Mrs. Gregory Fowler Mr. Robert Fowler Mr. & Mrs. Robert Gales Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Gallagher Ms. Janet Garcia Ms. Karina Garcia Mr. & Mrs. John Garone Mr. & Mrs. David Gay Mr. & Mrs. David George Mr. & Mrs. Carl Glatz Ms. Julie Goesling Mr. Alan Gold Mr. & Mrs. Greg Golich Mr. Phillip Gomez Mr. & Mrs. Julio Gonzalez Mr. Timothy Gorham & Mrs. Erika Monet Mr. & Mrs. Peter Granucci Ms. Veronica Green Mr. Louie Gregorio Ms. Cheri Haag Ms. Katherine Hall Mr. & Mrs. Robert Hampton Mr. Loren Hansen Mrs. Beth Heisey Ms. Jennifer Henry Mrs. Micky Heppe Ms. Vanessa Hernandez Mr. Juan Herrera-Olea Dr. Greg Heyart Ms. Anne Holdren Mr. & Mrs. Mark Holtzclaw Mr. & Mrs. Paul Hooge Mr. Robert Huckaby Mr. & Mrs. William Humphrey Ms. Susanne Icardo Ms. Michelle Jackson Mrs. Terri Jamieson Mrs. Margaret Jephson Mr. & Mrs. Paul Johnson Mr. & Mrs. Gerald Johnston Ken & Teri Jones Mr. & Mrs. Rick Jones Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Karpe Ms. Jerelle Kavanagh Ms. Jennifer Kavanaugh Mrs. Cheryl Ketchum Ms. Sadia Khan Ms. Leslie Kimble Ms. Beth Kuney

Individual Contributions (cont.)

Mr. & Mrs. Gilbert LaRoque Ms. Judy Lehmeier Ms. Jimmie Sue Lemos Ms. Rhonda Litt-Stoner Mr. & Mrs. John Little Ms. Tracy Lopez Mr. & Mrs. Mike Lorenzi Ms. Jane Lowrey & Ms. Bibi Herrera Mr. & Mrs. Jim Lundy Ms. Crystal Madden Ms. Allie Madrid Ms. Eleanor Maldonado Dr. & Mrs. Matthew Malerich Mr. Scott Manzer Mr. & Mrs. Dan Marble Mr. & Mrs. Michael Mariani Mr. & Mrs. Randall Martin Mr. & Mrs. Joel Martinez Mr. & Mrs. Mike Martinez Ms. Victoria Martinez-Tate Ms. Lamis Matalka Ms. Colleen A. McGauley Mrs. Karlee McGuire-Cain Ms. Sandra McMahan Ms. Sydney Medina Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Meger Ms. Christine Meyer Mr. & Mrs. Mario Millan Mr. & Mrs. Michael Minner Ms. Elise Modrovich Dr. B.J. Moore Mr. Paul Moore Mr. & Mrs. Donald Moss Mr. John Murphy Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Musser Mr. & Mrs. Joe Nahama Ms. Jenifer Natto Ms. Claudia Neri Mr. & Mrs. Alan Neuman Mrs. Marjorie Nixon Mr. & Mrs. Dan Nobles Mr. & Mrs. David Norris Mr. & Mrs. Albert Pacini Mr. & Mrs. Bernard Padilla Ms. Jane Parsons Mr. & Mrs. Pritesh Patel Ms. Bethany Peak Mr. & Mrs. Chris Pedersen Mr. Larry Pennell Ms. Heather Penella Ms. Laura Pineda Mrs. Kay Pitts Mr. & Mrs. Dick Porter Mrs. Lorinda Porterfield Mrs. Cheryl Prude Ms. Catherine Pruett Mr. Martin Pulido Mr. Salvador Quezada Mr. Robert Quiring Ms. Petra Ramirez Mr. & Mrs. Lynn Reade Mr. David Reed Ms. Melissa Reish Mr. & Mrs. Rick Rhodes Mr. Jesus Rivas Ms. Amber Rogers Ms. Debbie Rohatsch Mr. & Mrs. Vincent Rojas Ms. Cyndy Rold Ms. Samantha Rosales Ms. Alicia Ross Ms. Melissa Row Mr. Mitchell Rowland Mr. Paul Rubio Mr. Robert Rueb Mr. & Mrs. Bill Sandrini Mr. Neel Sannappa Mr. Hugh Sardoff Ms. Jill Sasso Mr. Henry Scharf & Ms. Marjorie Trens Ms. Anne Schlesinger Mr. & Mrs. Brett Selby Mr. & Mrs. Lee Shaw Mrs. Janet Shaw Mr. & Mrs. Keith Shotts Mrs. Shawna Smith Mr. Michael Solko




Our 2018 donors, who made it possible to serve 407 children. CASA of Kern County relies on private donations to continue our important mission of advocating for safe & permanent homes for abused & neglected children. We thank the following individuals, companies, foundations, & organizations for caring about the children in Kern County's juvenile dependency system. Every effort was made to include all donors. Please call the CASA office (661) 631-2272 if your name has been misspelled or excluded.

Individual Contributions (cont.) Ms. Lucia Sosa Mr. Christopher Stahnke Mr. & Mrs. Max Steinert Mr. & Mrs. David Stiles Mr. & Mrs. Clifford Straub Ms. La Tanya Sumlin Ms. Jamie Swan The Honorable Robert Tafoya & Mrs. Sandra Serrano Mr. Ben Taft Mrs. Kate Tandy Mr. & Mrs. Scott Tobias Mr. & Mrs. Dwight Todd Ms. Barbara Tongate Mr. & Mrs. Chad Tongco Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Travis Ms. Susan Trihey Ms. Jane Tucker Mr. & Mrs. Tom Tupper Mr. & Mrs. Jesse Valencia Mrs. Mary VanderWerff Ms. Anna Varela Ms. Melissa Vartanian Ms. Robin Walters Ms. Whitney Weddell Mr. & Mrs. Paul Welchans Ms. Renee Westa-Lusk Mrs. Karen Wetzel Ms. Amy Womack Ms. Mary Womack Mrs. Avon Wonderly Ms. Paula Woodard Ms. Juli Work Ms. Deborah Young Ms. Allene Zanger Ms. Holly Zaninovich Mr. & Ms. Jon Zaninovich Mr. & Mrs. Mathew Zaninovich Mr. & Mrs. Barry Zoeller

Individual In-Kind Contributions Ms. Dagmar Alexandersson Mrs. Marily Anton Ms. Catherine Bennett Ms. MaryAnn Billings Mrs. Vicki Bousquet Mr. Wes Bradford Ms. Carolyn Buck Ms. Vicki Capehart Ms. Oleta Collins Dr. Chandra Commuri Ms. Kelly Cronian Mr. Ryan Cunha Ms. Amber Dixon Mr. & Mrs. Dorsey Driggs Mr. David Ewert Mrs. Viridiana Gallardo-King Mr. & Mrs. Keith Gardiner Mr. & Mrs. Greg Golich Mr. Joe Haggerty Father Craig Harrison Mr. Michael Hawkesworth Dr. Gregory Heyart Mr. Tom Hoffmann Mrs. Joyce Holtzclaw Mrs. Regina Hukill Mrs. Ghina Itani Ms. Monya Jameson Mr. & Mrs. Paul Johnson Ms. Shelley Johnson Mrs. Tasha Johnston Miss Cynthia Lake Mr. Gilbert LaRoque Ms. Michelle Layton Mrs. Teresa Leal Ms. Shauna Lofy Mr. Don Lucas Mr. & Mrs. Alexander Madrid Ms. Allie Madrid Ms. Lori Malkin Ms. Lili Marsh Mr. Don Martin Ms. Aliza McCracken Ms. Colleen A. McGauley Mrs. Amy Meger


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Individual In-Kind Contributions (cont.) Mrs. Cindy Minner Dr. B.J. Moore Mrs. Carla Musser Ms. Marjorie Nixon Ms. Jane Parsons Mr. Paul Pavletich Mrs. Kristy Rapley Ms. Susan Rupple Mr. David Schwartz Mrs. Diana Shaw Ms. Charlene Smith Ms. Viki Speegle Ms. Michelle Stone Mr. Alan Tandy Ms. Lynn Taylor Ms. Shelley Thompson Ms. Elaine Tison Mr. & Mrs. Dwight Todd Mr. & Mrs. Chad Tongco Mrs. Amy Travis Mrs. Claudia True Mrs. Mary VanderWerff Dr. Armi Walker Mr. Jacob Walter Ms. Leslie Walters Mr. Jeff Warren Ms. Ila Waymire Mrs. Karen Wetzel Ms. Charlotte White Mrs. Katie Whittington Ms. Kristi Williams Dumas Ms. Barbara Williams Ms. Linda Wright Mrs. Gayle Yraceburu Ms. Melissa Ysaguirre Mr. & Mrs. Barry Zoeller Ms. Vanna Zoeller

Honorary Gifts

In honor of Vince Wetzel by CA Golden Empire CPCU Society In honor of Colleen A. McGauley by Ms. Margaret DeArmond In honor of David & Cheryl George by Mr. Allan Gold In honor of Ken & Teri Jones by Mr. & Mrs. Rick Jones In honor of Judy Newman by Mr. & Mrs. Jim Lundy In honor of The Kern Democratic Party by Mr. Neel Sannappa

Memorial Gifts In memory of Elsie Mae Lukens by Ms. Mary Jo Anhalt In memory of Anne Hibbard by The Honorable & Mrs. Robert Anspach In memory of Carol Udlock by Mr. Blair Budai In memory of Elizabeth Schmidt by Ms. Olivia Delgadillo In memory of Anne Hibbard by Dr. & Mrs. Mylon Filkins In memory of Steve Clifford by Mr. & Mrs. John Garone In memory of Jan Sill by Mr. & Mrs. John Garone

Memorial Gifts (cont.) In memory of Sam Towery by Ms. Cheri Haag In memory of Jan Sill by Ms. Terri Jamieson In memory of Annie Ruth Francis by Ms. Jennifer Kavanaugh In memory of Ruth Davis by Ms. Jimme Sue Lemos In memory of Ed Tate by Ms. Victoria Martinez-Tate In memory of Trudy Douglas by Mr. & Mrs. Dan Nobles In memory of Marcia Dickey by Mr. Robert Quiring In memore of Anne Hibbard by Mr. & Mrs. Lynn Reade In memory of Jan Sill by Mr. & Mrs. Lynn Reade In memory of Nancy Spann by Ms. Jill Sasso In memory of Trudy Douglas by Mr. & Mrs. David Stiles In memory of Frances Gomez by Mr. & Mrs. Dwight Todd In memory of Clara Freer by Mr. & Mrs. Dwight Todd In memory of William E. Bray by Mrs. Mary VanderWerff In memory of William Wetzel by Mrs. Karen Wetzel In memory of Kay Pottle by the Windham Residents Association In memory of Elizabeth Schmidt by Ms. Mary Womack & Bakersfield Jazzercise In memory of Anne Hibbard by Ms. Avon Wonderly In memory of Kitty Ratty by Ms. Juli Work

We at CASA are very excited to be offering the new 2018 National CASA Volunteer Training Curriculum. This evidence-based curriculum was introduced during the Summer 2018 CASA Training. After the first session, explained by we knew there was a lot of merit in the Training Coordinator rationale to offer such a comprehensive Janet Shaw training model. The new training curriculum is designed to give volunteers a solid base of knowledge and skills to begin their volunteer work.

CASA of Kern County's new training curriculum

Each Volunteer is provided a Pre-Service Volunteer Manual that serves as their guide during training and will continue to be an important resource to which they refer throughout their service as CASA volunteers. The manual begins with an overview of the CASA volunteer role, our need for volunteer Advocates, and the history of child advocacy in the United States. It then moves into specic skills and knowledge volunteers require in order to work effectively with children and families. As trainees are exposed to best practices, state-of-the-art research and specic steps to advocate on a case, they will be engaged in case-based projects. The training provides experiential opportunities to apply this knowledge in case study scenarios. To maintain the integrity of the curriculum it is important to ensure the content is presented in its entirety. The material in each chapter builds on knowledge gained in previous chapters, and information and tasks progress from simple to complex. That is why in August 2018, we recruited and trained ten Volunteer Training Facilitators. Each of these volunteers picked chapter subjects they are comfortable with, attended instruction on using the curriculum and audited specific chapters during the Fall 2018 Volunteer Training. Beginning January 2019, six of the trained and ready Volunteer Training Facilitators along with CASA Training Facilitator, Janet Shaw, began presenting the Winter 2019 CASA Training. The new CASA Training consists of 52 hours and includes pre-work assignments, eight National Training Curriculum chapters, extensive Mental Health Advocacy training, Family Connections, Mandated Reporting and a Court Day. We are serious when we state in our mission that “through the use of highly trained Volunteers, the CASA program seeks to provide every child who needs an advocate with a voice in the court process."

Since 1994, CASA of Kern County has trained 1,131 Advocates who have served 2,945 children and donated over 286,000 hours.

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