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Voices for Children 2014–2015 Impact Report

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” —DR. SEUSS

February 2016 DEAR FRIENDS,

Much has changed since 1980. It was the year of Raging Bull, Caddyshack, and The Empire Strikes Back. The Steelers beat The Rams in Super Bowl XIV; Reagan was elected President; and Mount St. Helens erupted. But one sad reality remains the same today, 35 years later: children are being abused and neglected and taken into foster care in staggering numbers. In 1980, in San Diego’s Juvenile Court, two women set out to change things, and thus Voices for Children was born. Kathryn Ashworth and Elizabeth Bacon saw that boys and girls needed help. And when they discovered a recently-founded model of advocacy that began in Seattle in 1977—the “CASA model”—they gathered a group of women friends and Junior League members, determined to do something to help foster children. The result has been 35 years of impact by Voices for Children, and we are proud to share this report with you, encapsulating the activities of the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015. We served a record number of children with CASAs, initiated a new Case Liaison Program to help even more children, and offered critical “early assignments” to match foster youth with CASAs within weeks of entering the system. We were invited by the State of California and the courts to take over the CASA program in Riverside County, which had closed in August 2014. Launched in early 2015, the initiative is now thriving, bringing hope to foster children in our neighboring county. And VFC stood at the pinnacle of CASA programs across the nation— the largest and most successful in the West, and among the top three of all programs in the United States. None of these accomplishments would have been possible without thousands of concerned and caring individuals, foundations, companies, and government agencies and officials. Collectively, in FY2014–2015, they provided $5,023,378 in financial support. Of course, the heart and soul of Voices for Children are our CASAs, and we had a record number of them: 1,431 women and men. On behalf of the Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers of our organization, we thank you for all you have done to help children who are suffering. While we cannot expect that child abuse will ever disappear, our hope is that when we mark our next landmark anniversary, we will have a CASA for every child who needs one, significantly fewer children in long-term foster care, more families willing to adopt foster children, and a community that fully recognizes the human potential that can be found in every single foster child. With our deepest gratitude,

David Bialis

Sharon M. Lawrence, Esq.

Chair, Board of Directors

President/CEO Voices for Children


Since 1997


Every child deserves a champion We wish that every childhood could be a worry-free time filled with bedtime stories, favorite games, family dinners, and happiness. We wish that every boy and girl could have the certainty that they are loved and wanted. We wish that every child could have a life free from physical and emotional harm. But for thousands of children living their lives in the overburdened foster care system, their sense of safety and security has been stolen from them. They don’t believe in magic. And they don’t believe in adults. These boys and girls are lonely, frightened, and desperate for someone to care. When hope hangs in the balance, our Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) step in to make a lasting difference in these foster children’s lives. Trust is fragile for children who are abused or abandoned by the very people responsible for their care— their parents or caregivers. But our CASAs help to restore the children’s faith in adults by consistently showing up for them, getting to know them, helping them to explore their interests, succeed in school, get the services they need, and cope with the trauma they’ve endured. A CASA’s unwavering presence helps to restore normalcy to a foster child’s shattered world. To a heartbroken foster child, it means a lot to know that the caring adult in their life chooses to be there. For many foster children, their CASA has enormous impact. For most, this is the first person in their life who isn’t paid to oversee their welfare. A CASA volunteer is someone a foster child can really trust—someone who won’t let them down like so many other adults who came before them. Over time, these vulnerable children who have had such a tumultuous past begin to feel more hopeful, less scared, and safe enough to dream about the future. In FY2014–2015, Voices for Children provided crucial support to the complex San Diego County foster care system through our programs and services. All 5,019 children who spent time in the system over the last 12 months were positively impacted by VFC’s advocacy. Our 1,431 CASAs not only acted as inspirational sources of support for the foster children they served, but they advocated for the children’s interests in Court to ensure the best outcomes for them—outcomes like reducing time spent in foster care and finding safe, permanent homes through reunification, adoption, or guardianship.



CASAS HELP TO RESTORE foster children’s faith in adults by consistently showing up for them, getting to know them, helping them to explore their interests, succeed in school, get the services they need, and cope with the trauma they’ve endured. A CASA’s unwavering presence helps to restore normalcy to a foster child’s shattered world.

MIA was living with her mentally ill mother when

a neighbor alerted authorities about the little girl’s situation. Shortly after, she was placed in a foster home, enrolled in school, and matched with CASA Tracy, who got Mia on an educational plan that has helped her to catch up academically.

Why we serve The Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers of Voices for Children share a vision to impact and transform the foster care paradigm by one day providing a CASA volunteer to every single child in crisis. This vision—along with our mission, purpose, and core values—has helped Voices for Children to change the foster care community, one precious young life at a time. MISSION Voices for Children transforms the lives of abused children by providing them with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs).

VISION Voices for Children believes that every child deserves a safe and permanent home and, to that end, will provide a CASA to every child in foster care who needs one, monitor every court file in the system, and advocate to improve the lives of foster children.

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE • We provide the highest level of training, supervision, and continuing education for volunteers to advocate for the best interests of foster children and to provide vital information to judges; • We annually review and monitor the case files of every child in foster care; • We increase public awareness about the foster care system; and • We advocate for legal policies and practices that enhance the quality of life for foster children.

CORE VALUES • We cherish children and put them first, always. • We are grateful for our selfless and dedicated volunteers. • We work hard and stay humble. • We believe in the difference we make by doing our job well. • We set high standards for ourselves and constantly strive to improve.



Kathryn When Coronado native Kathryn Ashworth was in law school at the University of San Diego, she didn’t envision that a class assignment would later become a transformative program, an organization—Voices for Children —that has improved the lives of more than 125,000 foster children in San Diego County. In a juvenile law class at USD, Kathryn was asked to consider the question, “Is foster care good for kids?” Her inquiry led to an internship at Juvenile Court, during which time she shared the findings of her research about foster care with Juvenile Court Judge Dennis Adams. He later became a strong advocate of Kathryn’s, providing her access to children’s files to study such issues as why more foster children in San Diego County weren’t being adopted. Her inquiry uncovered the existence of a policy that discouraged non-infant children from being adopted within San Diego County, a policy that thankfully has long-since been reversed. Through her work at Court, Kathryn met a retired social worker, the late Elizabeth Bacon, who also felt that children in foster care weren’t getting the support they needed and deserved. Out of their collaboration, Voices for Children was born in 1980. At the beginning, the two women recruited friends and, in Kathryn’s case, fellow Junior League and San Diego Bar Foundation auxiliary members, to help review foster children’s court files at San Diego’s Meadow Lark Courthouse. Concurrent to this new endeavor in San Diego, a Seattle movement was gaining traction and support in a few other cities: Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASAs. Kathryn and Elizabeth heard about the success and effectiveness of the program, and the CASA model was adopted in San Diego County in 1983. “Our first executive director was a social worker, Suzanne Wilka,” shared Kathryn. “She was wonderful and understood ‘the system,’ but as we grew, she felt we needed an administrator, someone to manage day-to-day operations.” This became the role of Karyl O’Brien who served as Executive Director for several years; early supporters of Voices for Children included Penny Allen, DeDe Alpert, Sharon Beamer, Judy McDonald, Victoria McIntyre, Jeanne McNitt, Eleanor Navarra, and Melody Peterson. Thirty-five years since founding VFC, Kathryn Ashworth is still a CASA volunteer today, working with infants and toddlers, the fastest-growing population of children entering foster care. “I’ve been the CASA for four babies in a row, and all of the children have been adopted,” said Kathryn. Reflecting on the organization she created, she said, “I think Voices for Children is fabulous, and I’m so pleased that there are now so many people involved—a new, younger generation that’s committed to keeping it going.”



ALEXIS has spent her childhood in foster care, bouncing from placement to placement and school to school, falling behind academically with every move. With the help of CASA Brenda, Alexis is now in a group home that she likes and on is track to graduate from high school with her peers.


35 years of outstanding achievement Over the past 35 years, Voices for Children and its staff and volunteers have touched the lives of over 125,000 foster children in San Diego County. From humble beginnings as a grassroots, all-volunteer effort to the professional-caliber nonprofit organization VFC is today, we are proud that we are ranked in the top three of the nearly 1,000 CASA programs nationwide. None of it would be possible without the passion and generosity of countless individuals and organizations who share the belief that foster children deserve a better life. AMONG THE NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 2015, VOICES FOR CHILDREN… • Served 2,282 foster children with 1,431 CASAs • Served 227 foster children with Case Liaisons • Reviewed and monitored the case files of 2,478 foster children • Graduated 496 new CASAs • Connected hundreds of families to critical services which helped them to be reunified with their children • Engaged 1,680 donors who collectively contributed $5,023,378 to make the FY2014–2015 program achievements possible



LATINO CHILDREN represent the largest percentage of children in foster care, in both San Diego and Riverside counties. VFC is working diligently to recruit more Spanishspeaking volunteers and also seeks more male volunteers so that boys and young men in foster care can have positive male role models in their lives.

Our foster children and CASAs CHILDREN SERVED WITH CASAS Race/Ethnicity Age LATINO 30% AGE 0–5



AGE 6–11



AGE 12–17



AGE 18+







9% 28%

Children served with advocacy between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015 = 2,509



AGE 21–29


AGE 30–39


AGE 40–49


AGE 50–59


AGE 60+






CASA volunteers between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015 = 1,431













Employment Status

*Statistics are for San Diego County only.




The most comprehensive service for foster children Ordinary citizens who answer the call to become CASA volunteers are the foundation of Voices for Children. These compassionate men and women come from an array of backgrounds, but all share the desire to make a lasting difference in a foster child’s life. Collectively, this exceptional group of volunteers has a widespread impact on the foster care systems of San Diego and Riverside Counties. The journey toward becoming a CASA volunteer begins with attending an information session, and 37 sessions were held last fiscal year. The next steps include completing an application and being interviewed in depth. Upon being approved as a CASA trainee, individuals are accepted into Advocate University—a 35-hour training program developed by VFC to prepare volunteers for their important role as Court Advocates. Upon graduation, CASAs are sworn in as Officers of the Court by a San Diego or Riverside County Dependency Judge, and are then expertly matched with a foster child or sibling group. Behind every CASA stands his or her own Advocacy Supervisor, a VFC staff member who guides and supports their advocacy work every step of the way. CASAs are never alone in their crucial efforts to further our mission. CASAs work closely with their Supervisors to learn about the history of their assigned foster child’s case and develop detailed case plans for them. In addition to building a strong personal relationship with their case children, CASAs collaborate with all of the key stakeholders in their children’s lives, so that they can make recommendations in Court to achieve the best possible outcomes for their foster children. A CASA’s ultimate goal is to bring stability and safety to a child’s life, which is accomplished through reunification, adoption, or specialized care and services in long-term foster care. Foster children “age out” of the system at 18, or can opt for “extended foster care” through age 21 (if they are attending school or are employed). Several key subcomponents of our CASA program have been developed to address specific needs of foster children. Our specialty programs contribute to our foster children’s development, productivity, and wellbeing as they move through various life stages.



The Early Years


Sadly, children from birth to age five

Through no fault of their own, many foster

comprise the fastest-growing age group in

children struggle with their education, often

foster care. Babies who do not have love

leading to damaged self-esteem and a

and support during their formative years are

feeling of hopelessness. Some have difficulty

at-risk for facing serious issues, including

focusing or absorbing new information

less-refined motor skills, delayed speech, or

because of the abuse they’ve suffered. For

even mental health problems later in life.

others, frequent moves in foster care force

Voices for Children created the Infants and

them to change schools, a disruption that

Toddlers Program (ITP) to help the youngest

can set them back as much as six months

children in foster care. Every CASA is

with every transfer. Some foster children

trained with the ITP curriculum, and in

have a hard time doing well in school just

FY2014–2015, 304 CASAs served 691 infants

because they have a toothache or need

and toddlers. Of these children, 190 cases

glasses. CASAs can make a difference by

closed, resulting in 100 reunifications, 50

holding education rights for the foster

adoptions, and 23 guardianships. A remark-

children they serve. They connect a child to

able 99.5% of these children did not reenter

therapy services, meet with their teachers,

foster care (compared with a standard 12%

provide access to tutoring, and make sure

of statewide recidivism).

that they get the medical care they need. CASAs help to give foster children the best


chance for academic success by helping to

The individualized advocacy CASAs provide

remove obstacles and linking them with all

to their case children is crucial to their

available resources.

health and wellbeing. Because CASAs are able to give extra time and attention to the

Transitioning to Adulthood

children they serve, they have their fingers

Children who have had to spend long lengths

on the pulse of the most pressing issues the

of time in foster care often do not have a

children face. CASAs connect their case

caring adult to guide them through adoles-

children to needed services such as medical

cence and teach them the skills needed for a

appointments and counseling sessions—

successful adult life. Our CASAs are often

services that might get overlooked if these

the only consistent adult they have ever had

children didn’t have a caring adult looking

to help show them the way. Our Transition

out for them. In addition, CASAs offer rest

Age Youth Program offers many resources

and relief from the emotional burdens their

to help prepare youth for their journey into

foster children face by regularly spending

adulthood, and our Learning to Succeed

time with them and engaging them in fun

Program focuses on college preparation for

outings. Thanks to the numerous donors to

foster youth. Our CASAs working with older

our Children’s Assistance Program and

foster youth help them with requirements for

partners in our Fostering Culture Program,

high school graduation, including the high

our children get to experience fun,

school exit exam, college and job applica-

educational activities with their CASAs.

tions, finding safe housing, financial management, and many other life skills.




New CASA Program in Riverside County More than 5,000 children spend time in San Diego’s foster care system each year after law enforcement or social workers remove them from abusive or unsafe homes. In Riverside County, the number is even higher, with approximately 5,500 children in the system. Last year, as VFC provided CASA volunteers to a record 2,282 San Diego children, the CASA Program in Riverside County (that had operated since 1990) closed, leaving the thousands of foster children there without CASA representation. Just as in San Diego, children in Riverside County foster care desperately need the individualized advocacy of CASA volunteers. In August 2014, Voices for Children was asked by the Superior Court of California, County of Riverside, and California’s Judicial Council to rebuild the CASA Program in Riverside County. The Board of Directors of VFC firmly believes that CASAs are simply the best available resource for boys and girls in foster care and knew that the need in Riverside County was urgent. In November 2014, the VFC Board voted to accept this special challenge to expand services, and by February 2015, work was underway to bring the successful VFC model of recruiting, training, and supervising CASAs to advocate on behalf of Riverside County foster children in Court and in the community. The first class of Riverside CASA volunteers, comprised of 20 new and reinstated advocates, graduated on June 10, 2015. By September 30, 2015 VFC graduated 56 CASA volunteers from Advocate University, and of those, 52 advocates were actively serving 72 foster children, with four CASAs waiting to be assigned a case. As a result of the CASA Program’s early success in Riverside County, VFC’s Board of Directors voted to renew the contract with the Judicial Council, extending advocacy services for a minimum of two more years. “The positive difference our CASA volunteers have already made in the lives of 72 children is inspiring, and we enthusiastically welcome the opportunity to serve even more foster children in Riverside County,” said Sharon M. Lawrence, Esq., President/CEO of Voices for Children.



In addition to assuming responsibility for the CASA program in Riverside County, FY2014-2015 fiscal year offered other opportunities for Voices for Children to expand its reach and advocate for more foster children. Our new Case Liaison Program (CLP) is revolutionizing the way we operate, and it may one day become a model replicated by CASA programs across the nation. Through the CLP, Voices for Children staff members are stationed daily at each of the six Dependency Court departments around San Diego County—triaging cases in real time and allowing us to assign trained CASAs within an average of 14 days from the date the judge declares a child a dependent of the Court. Last fiscal year, 227 foster children received advocacy through this new initiative, and we expect to serve 600 children through the Case Liaison Program this current fiscal year. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation—the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civil rights organization—recognized Voices for Children in spring 2015 for its commitment to supporting and serving LGBT foster youth. VFC was presented with the HRC Foundation’s All Children—All Families seal of recognition. The initiative provides a comprehensive framework, from client non-discrimination policies to staff training, that assists nonprofit agencies in establishing policies and practices that welcome, support, and affirm LGBT youth. Voices for Children is proud to be the first of the nearly 1,000 CASA programs in the United States to earn this recognition. In October 2014, Voices for Children and its volunteer program became only the second organization in San Diego County to be certified by OneOC, Points of Light, and CaliforniaVolunteers as a “Service Enterprise.” By achieving this level of excellence and certification, VFC is now better equipped to leverage the time and talent of volunteers in building our organizational capacity and delivering on our mission. Research shows that organizations operating as certified Service Enterprises outperform peer organizations on all aspects of effectiveness and are more adaptable, sustainable, and capable of scaling their work. To become a Service Enterprise organization, VFC completed extensive assessment, training, and a certification process that included a focus on CASA recognition and retention, increasing our volunteer diversity, and creating new ways for volunteers to get involved in addition to our CASA and Case Assessment programs.




Serve every child Thanks to our thousands of volunteers and donors who generously give their time and financial support, Voices for Children is close to realizing our long-term strategic vision to serve every San Diego County foster child in crisis with the individualized advocacy of a CASA volunteer.


809 867 1,039 1,191 1,051 1,138 1,343

FY2013 FY2014

1,605 2,025



Our extensive network of compassionate volunteers and philanthropic supporters has made it possible for VFC to impact the lives of approximately 125,000 foster children during our 35-year history, with the most dramatic growth seen during the past 10 years. We continue to be inspired and humbled by the many people who give to VFC, making it possible each year for thousands of foster children to have brighter futures.



Our people make the difference Although Voices for Children routinely collaborates with numerous organizations whose services complement our work, our impact is unique within the foster care community. VFC is the only nonprofit authorized by the Superior Court to provide CASA services in San Diego and Riverside Counties. This means we have a tremendous responsibility to serve the thousands of foster children who desperately need the caring support of a CASA. But this would never be possible without the many loyal and compassionate people who make our CASA program possible. Thanks to the support of foundations, businesses, and individuals, who collectively contributed $5,023,378 in FY2014-2015, VFC was able to provide 2,282 children with CASA volunteers this year and serve an additional 227 children with the Case Liaison Program, for a total of 2,509. Seventy-seven percent of funding provided to VFC goes toward direct program services, including our dedicated program team of 57 staff members who support our CASA volunteer corps with training, supervision, and foster child case management. Our professional staff is profoundly committed to making a lasting difference in foster children’s lives, which is evidenced by their many years of service. “It’s such a gift to be able to make a difference in children’s lives on such a large scale … I just can’t imagine doing anything else,” said one of our Advocacy Supervisors. Voices for Children is an innovative and efficient model of serving to foster children, since our actual “work force” is comprised of the thousands of caring men and women who make the decision to become a CASA volunteer. Last fiscal year, 1,431 people made the selfless commitment to transform the lives of foster children before even having the opportunity to meet them. Our volunteers’ strong belief in our mission and their resolve to help change the broken foster care system enable them to take this leap, and VFC’s professional staff is there to support their efforts every step of the way. We are especially grateful for and inspired by the many CASA volunteers who choose to continue to serve VFC year after year. Since our organization’s inception, VFC has had 106 CASAS serve five years, 37 CASAs serve 10 years, nine who have served 15 years, and six volunteers who have served an incredible 20 years. It is our honor to work with these individuals and bear witness to the transformation that takes place in their own lives, as well as children’s, as a result of their volunteer service. VFC’s widespread impact across two Southern California counties is a direct result of every volunteer, donor, and staff member who each do their part to be the voice for foster children who cannot advocate for themselves. Our people make the difference and it is our privilege to work with all of our partners in transforming the foster care system—one life at a time.



MICHAEL entered foster care due to physical abuse at the

hands of his father. After entering “the system”, Michael was matched with his CASA volunteer, Karen, who helped him receive vital services, including counseling. Because of CASA Karen’s involvement in his case, Michael has been adopted by his “forever family”.


CASAs offer hope At Voices for Children, we believe that Court Appointed Special Advocates are simply the best available resource for foster children in crisis. CASAs are volunteers who offer hope to foster children in a way that no one else can, because they have real influence in helping to shape these children’s futures and they do it purely out of their care and concern for each child’s welfare. Because CASAs are dedicated to a single child or sibling group, they are able to devote extra time and attention in understanding all facets of their children’s lives. Having an in-depth knowledge of a foster child’s life circumstances results in CASAs being exceptionally qualified to make informed recommendations in their reports to Juvenile Court judges. It is these judges who make life-altering decisions concerning a child’s wellbeing and placement. A CASA also provides an unparalleled level of support to a foster child by being a friend, mentor, and an adult they can really trust. Upon being matched with a CASA volunteer, many foster children experience elements of “normal life” for the very first time. With a CASA in their lives, these children do better in school, experience extracurricular and enrichment activities like playing a sport or going to the museum, and they even learn what it feels like just to have fun and be a kid by taking part in trips to the beach or the park. Many of our foster children see the Pacific Ocean and walk on the sand for the first time ever with their CASA—even though they may have lived in San Diego their entire lives. Our CASAs help foster children not to define their identities based solely on their past. Foster children need a CASA in their lives to help clear a path out of the complicated foster care system and into safe, permanent homes. And it’s not just that every child in crisis needs a CASA, but they need them as soon as possible. At Voices for Children, we believe that entire childhoods shouldn’t be spent in the foster care system. There should not be a waiting list for hope.



Carmela Letters, language, and inquiry are part of the fabric of volunteer Carmela Bowen’s life. Carmela studied Spanish and French at San Diego State University, then Georgetown University, and worked for a bilingual magazine in Los Angeles before settling in San Diego. In 1988, when Carmela Bowen began as a Voices for Children case assessment volunteer, she was embarking on an endeavor that would last 27 years. “I’ve been really lucky, I’ve been fortunate in life. I feel we are all interdependent, and have an obligation to do something to make things easier for our fellow human beings in need.” After joining VFC, Carmela was trained by then-new staff member Sabrina Goosby, and worked in a tiny space in the Clerk’s office at Court. Over the course of a year, 5,000 or more children will be in foster care in San Diego County, and each one has a paper file—some of them are brief but many are long, complex, and represent years in which that child has lived in foster care and moved from placement to placement, school to school. As a volunteer case assessor, Carmela would review and carefully assess and triage the case files of these children. She evaluated their needs, determined a possible course of action, and decided whether the situation was urgent enough that the child should be put on the waiting list to be matched with a CASA. “Being a case assessor is solitary work,” said Carmela. “You’re a bit of a Lone Ranger. There is a lot of reading, analysis, and writing, and I definitely honed my writing skills in this role.” For decades, Carmela worked 20 hours every month—from 1988 to the mid-1990s, she was at the main Juvenile Dependency courthouse in Kearny Mesa until the traffic from her home in Fallbrook became too much of a challenge. She then began to work out of Oceanside, and most recently at the North County Superior Courthouse, where VFC has an office. Carmela has seen Voices for Children evolve and grow over the years, to serve many more children. “The organization has changed, has become so much more sophisticated,” she noted. However, a constant that remains is that children come into foster care every single day, and they need the support of volunteers like Carmela. Carmela stepped down from her volunteer role last year so she could have more time to travel and be with her husband. But she remains a passionate supporter and ambassador of this cause. “The children’s stories pull you in,” she said, “and even though you are reviewing many, many cases, some of those kids’ stories stay firmly in your memory. In the midst of all the information you absorb, you realize that it is all really about one life—one child’s life.” In summing up her 27 years as a Voices for Children volunteer, Carmela expressed what so many of our CASAs feel: “It was truly the work of a lifetime, and so worth it.”



Sabrina and Bobbie “I was staff member #5,” said Sabrina Goosby, who began her career at Voices for Children in June 1988. After three interviews, the last of which was simply to confirm that the team had good chemistry, Sabrina began as the VFC receptionist and typed CASAs’ court reports, but soon began wearing a number of hats, which later included training new volunteer advocates and the supervision of 75 CASA volunteers. As the organization grew, Sabrina took on more responsibilities, and today oversees CASA training, foster children’s activities, CASA stewardship, and The Real Word speakers’ panel comprised of current and former foster youth. The only program of its kind in the National CASA Association network, VFC’s panel is comprised of courageous young people who currently live in San Diego County foster care or are former foster youth. At their presentations, they shed a powerful light on life in foster care and share how having a CASA volunteer from Voices for Children has impacted them. Sabrina trains the panelists on public speaking and presentation skills, and has traveled with them across the country for speaking engagements for National CASA and other conferences. Fortunately for VFC, Sabrina’s 28-year tenure brings with it an abundance of institutional history. There are few volunteers, Board members, or donors who haven’t met Sabrina or enjoyed hearing her infectious laugh. “I always wanted to work with kids,” said Sabrina. “Whenever I’m having a difficult time dealing with the tragedies our children face, I just think about the impact our CASAs have on their lives. It’s a constant reminder why I do this work.” Someone who knows Sabrina well is Bobbie Young (on right in photo), who worked in retail operations before her retirement and decision to volunteer in the VFC office. Bobbie first learned about Voices for Children while employed at the former Broadway store in Fashion Valley, under Store Manager and then-VFC Board Chair Debby Fishburn. “I would take messages for Debby from Voices for Children, and just held in the back of my mind that it was a place I should learn more about,” said Bobbie. After retiring, Bobbie met Sabrina Goosby, who has observed Bobbie’s now 19-year volunteer service at VFC. “I’m not objective enough to be a CASA,” said Bobbie, who prefers to help in the office and among whose duties include sending birthday cards to all our CASA volunteers and packaging up the glass starfish we sell to raise funds for our program. Inspired by “The Star Thrower” story, the starfish keepsakes mirror the tale’s message, which is that we can all make a difference. “I love the starfish story,” Bobbie said. “There are so many foster children, but we can help them, one child at a time.”



Rochelle and Bill It was a lucky day for foster children in San Diego County when Bill Bold reached out to his colleagues at Qualcomm to find out which local nonprofit organizations were making an impact and deserved support. For several years, Voices for Children had received generous funding from Qualcomm and its Foundation (and the technology company continues to invest in and believe in the mission of Voices for Children). Since learning about VFC in the 1990s, Bill, who is Senior Vice President of Government Affairs at Qualcomm, and his wife, former attorney and technology company executive Rochelle Bold, have each served as Chair of our Board of Directors. Together, they have volunteered thousands of hours and contributed significant funding to further our mission. In addition, the Bolds were co-chairs for the $10 million capital campaign to build San Pasqual Academy, a residential high school for foster youth. “We were drawn to the cause of helping children who were in dire situations through no fault of their own,” shared Rochelle. “These are kids who need us. Everybody needs someone who’s on their side, and we feel that each foster child in our community should have a CASA volunteer.” In 2006, when Bill Bold was serving as Chair, the VFC Board launched the Serve Every Child vision, an ambitious initiative to provide a CASA to every foster child who needs one—an estimated 3,400. “At the time, when we were serving less than 1,000 children, we felt that the organization would benefit from having an audacious goal. We needed to get VFC to the next level,” said Bill. Now, a decade later, the organization is very close to reaching that Serve Every Child goal. Rochelle Bold served as Board Chair from 2012 to 2014, during which time VFC experienced dramatic growth. “The Board’s leadership team gave CEO Sharon Lawrence the freedom to take risks, believing that there couldn’t be growth without significant investment up-front.” This approach worked, and not only did VFC double in size and service, but it is now a model organization within the network of nearly 1,000 nationwide CASA programs. In 2014, under Rochelle’s leadership, VFC received the prestigious Kaleidoscope Award for Board Excellence from the University of San Diego’s Governance Institute. Today, some 35 years after its founding, Rochelle and Bill share the opinion that the next big challenge for Voices for Children is to continue to build on the success of the last five years, create institutional sustainability through legacy gifts and a broadened donor base, and ensure more involvement from local government that benefits so greatly from the services VFC provides to foster children. “By leveraging the power of our community, we can fix a problem that’s solvable,” said Rochelle. “We can’t solve the issue of child abuse, but we can make sure that every child who needs a CASA has one.”



BELLA and her little brother had no one to care for them when their mother became gravely ill. Upon entering foster care, they were separated, but CASA Rose ensured the two saw each regularly, and advocated that the siblings be reunited, which they were, in a loving foster home.

Remarkable growth Since Voices for Children was founded in 1980, we have seen evidence that a foster child’s future isn’t always determined by their difficult past. We have watched babies with trauma be adopted and make substantial developmental progress. We have seen broken, dysfunctional families reunited after services and therapy, when no one would have thought it possible. Teens and young adults in foster care who have been addicted to drugs or alcohol have recovered and are now leading productive lives. For 10 years, we have pursued the vision to Serve Every Child, and each year are coming closer to achieving that vision. To succeed, we will need the support of everyone in the community who passionately believes in our mission. Over the past six years, Voices for Children has seen remarkable growth—from revenues of $2,400,685 in FY2009–2010 to $5,023,378 in FY2014–2015. This doubling of income was matched with extraordinary service achievements, more than doubling CASA advocacy from 1,105 children in FY2009-2010 to 2,282 children in FY2014–2015. Moreover, in four of the past six fiscal years, VFC was able to exceed income over expense and help augment the cash reserve fund. Our Board of Directors and Development team follow a detailed, strategic plan of research, cultivation, solicitation, and donor stewardship to prepare for the natural ebb and flow from various income sources. These sound development practices allowed VFC to attain an aggregate surplus of $217,000 over the last six years. Surpluses were added to the cash reserve fund, thus providing stability year-to-year and enabling VFC to invest in vital programs and services for foster children. The VFC staff has grown from 27 in FY2009–2010 to 75 in FY2014–2015, which has allowed us to recruit a powerful “workforce” of 1,431 CASA volunteers over the course of a single year. Recruiting, training, and supervising CASAs is a major undertaking, since every CASA volunteer needs a paid professional available 24/7 to support the critical work they do. This dramatic growth in services and resources is only possible because of the generous individuals, foundations, corporations, service groups, and government agencies that contribute annually to Voices for Children. Every single gift has impact and helps change the life of a foster child, and we are very grateful.



TYLER was so accustomed to police coming to

his house that he was shocked when they removed him from his alcoholic parents. Tyler was matched with CASA David and the boy had, for the first time, an adult who listened to him and worked to ensure his needs were met.


The last six fiscal years demonstrate significant growth.



Gifts and Contributions 1,093,402










Special Events (net of expenses)







Government Funding







Contributed Goods, Services, and Facilities







Other Income







Total Revenue: $2,400,685 $2,979,400 $3,284,253 $4,199,999 $4,952,858 $5,023,378






Management and General






















Total Expenses: $2,321,625


$3,313,941 $3,803,638



Change in Net Assets:







Net Assets at Beginning of Year





Net Assets at $1,204,904








Year End


The firm of Considine & Considine provides an independent annual audit of Voices for Children, and it is overseen by the Board of Directors’ Audit Committee chaired by Jennifer O’Connell. James R. Scoffin, CPA, is Chief Financial Officer at Voices for Children. Current and past VFC audited financial statements and IRS-990 tax returns are available to the public at




Voices for Children raised more than $5,000,000 during FY2014-2015, allowing us to serve a record number of foster children. We could not have achieved this success without the thousands of passionate supporters who gave generously in support of our life-changing mission. REVENUES

Gifts, Grants and Contributions 57% Special Events 36% Government Funding 4% Other 3%

Gifts, Grants & Contributions In FY2014–2015, donations from individuals, corporations, foundations, and service organizations comprised the largest category, accounting for 57% of VFC’s total revenues. Continued support from foundations such as the Price Family Charitable Fund, Qualcomm Foundation, Lily Lai Foundation, Rose Foundation, and Galinson Family Foundation provided a stable financial base for VFC’s ongoing operations. By far, the most exciting fundraising news was the surprise $1 Million Challenge made by an anonymous donor. This generous individual pledged to match any gift, dollar for dollar, up to a total of $1 million. This challenge was successfully met thanks to 813 donors. Fittingly, the final gift that took us over the top was $2,500 from one of VFC’s dedicated CASAs.

Government Funding Government funding remains the smallest source of VFC’s support, despite the fact that VFC is engaged in quasi-governmental services. In FY2014–2015, it comprised only 4% of revenues. The County of San Diego Board of Supervisors, at the recommendation of Supervisors Dave Roberts, Ron Roberts, Greg Cox, and Bill Horn, generously supported our mission with Community Enhancement and Neighborhood Reinvestment Grants, and the state of California provided support through the Judicial Council. Our new CASA program in Riverside County was supported by the Judicial Council, Community Improvement District grants by the County of Riverside Board of Supervisors, Community Development Block Grants from the City of Riverside and the County of Riverside, and a generous three-year grant from the Riverside County Transportation Commission.

Special Events VFC’s special event income grew by 8% this year, comprising 36% of our total revenue in FY2014–2015. Our Starry Starry Night gala is now one of the highest-grossing and netting fundraisers in San Diego, and netted $1,092,091 in September 2014 under co-chairs Haeyoung Kong Tang and Jennifer and Dr. Richard Greenfield. The Fostering Hope Golf Classic was co-chaired by Katie and Dan Sullivan and Connie and Dr. Richard Unger and netted $157,000; Wine, Women & Shoes was chaired by Marina Marrelli, and netted $148,000; and The Ultimate Man Cave event, co-chaired by Dick Pfister and Randy Finch, netted $58,000.




Voices for Children recruited, trained, and supervised the largest CASA volunteer corps since our organization’s inception: a record 1,431 CASAs as of June 30, 2105. This network of compassionate men and women advocated for thousands of foster children in court, in the classroom, and in the community, with the help and support of the professional VFC staff. Indeed, VFC’s primary expense is in staffing and related costs since a CASA program by its very nature is labor-intensive. To achieve our Serve Every Child goal, it has been necessary each year to expand our volunteer base and concurrently invest in a larger team of professionals to recruit, train, and manage the CASAs. Voices for Children is proud that it is exceptionally efficient in its operations and management, and in the past fiscal year, 77% of total expenses were directly program-related.


ASSETS FY2009–10

Current Assets





Property and Equipment



Other Assets



Total Assets $1,469,278




























Current Liabilities


Unrestricted Net Assets





Temporarily Restricted Net Assets

Total Liabilities & $1,469,278



















Net Assets






David Bialis, Chair

David Bialis, Chair

Lise Wilson, Esq., Vice Chair

Lise Wilson, Esq., Vice Chair

Julian Parra, Treasurer

Julian Parra, Treasurer

William B. Sailer, Esq., Secretary

Katie Sullivan, Secretary

Rochelle Bold, Esq., Past Chair

Rochelle Bold, Esq., Past Chair

Stephanie Bergsma

Jonni Bailey

Nancy Banning Doyle

Stephanie Bergsma

Ann Parode Dynes, Esq.

Ann Parode Dynes, Esq.

Gina Ellis

Gina Ellis

Holly Ellison

Holly Ellison

Lisette Farrell

Roi Ewell

P. Randolph Finch, Jr., Esq.

Lisette Farrell

Jennifer Greenfield

Anthony Farwell

The Hon. Susan D. Huguenor (Ret)

P. Randolph Finch, Jr., Esq.

Richard Kintz, Esq.

Jennifer Greenfield

George Lai

Richard Kintz, Esq.

Jennifer O’Connell

George Lai

Omar Thomas Passons, Esq.

Jennifer O’Connell

Dick Pfister, CAIA®

Omar Thomas Passons, Esq.

Jill Skrezyna

Dick Pfister, CAIA®

Katie Sullivan

William B. Sailer, Esq.,

Haeyoung Kong Tang, Ph.D.

Jill Skrezyna

Ted Tchang

Haeyoung Kong Tang, Ph.D.

Dale E. Yahnke, CFA, CFP®

Dale E. Yahnke, CFA, CFP®

Lany Zikakis

Lany Zikakis

COMMUNITY AMBASSADORS COUNCIL (CAC) The CAC includes former Board members as well as long-time supporters and community leaders. These individuals serve as community liaisons and are committed to the mission of Voices for Children and to improving foster children’s lives. CAC Members, FY2015–2016 Lauree Sahba, Chair David E. Archambault, Doug Arthur, Kathryn F. Ashworth, Esq., Joye D. Blount, Annette Bradbury, David Bruce, Holly McGrath Bruce, Vicky Carlson, Mindy Fletcher, Nathan Fletcher, Mark Gleiberman, Patricia Hughes, Craig A. Irving, Dave Jackson, Jimmy Janacek, Yolanda Janacek, Richard Kelley, Marina Marrelli, David Marino, Patsy Marino, Susan McClellan, Eleanor Navarra, Sheryl Scarano, Cecil H. Steppe, Pamela S. Wygod



CAC Members, FY2014–2015 Lauree Sahba, Chair David E. Archambault, Doug Arthur, Kathryn F. Ashworth, Esq., Joye D. Blount, Annette Bradbury, Vicky Carlson, Mindy Fletcher, Nathan Fletcher, Patricia Hughes, Craig A. Irving, Richard Kelley, David Marino, Patsy Marino, Susan McClellan, Eleanor Navarra, Sheryl Scarano, Cecil H. Steppe, Pamela S. Wygod

NOAH was abruptly taken into foster care after his single mother died in a car accident. Grieving and lonely, the boy was despondent until he started building a relationship with his CASA, John, whose attention and devotion showed the boy that one day, things would be different and life would get better.

NATALIE AND ETHAN had been living in motels and watching TV all day, every day, when they were removed from their negligent, drug-addicted parents. After CASA Marie was assigned to their case, she tracked down a responsible family member out of state who was willing to adopt and raise the children as their own.


Sharon M. Lawrence, Esq. President/CEO

Brandé Hutchinson Senior EAP Case Coordinator

Sheila Owens, MA Special Events Manager

Anne Farrell Chief Philanthropy Officer

Hon. Carol Isackson (Ret.) Special Counsel to the President/CEO

Desirée Pavlik, MA Advocacy Supervisor

James Scoffin, CPA Chief Financial Officer

Sasha Jay, MSW Assistant Program Manager

Jenna Price, JD Assistant Program Manager, Child Assignment and Advocacy

Sarah Adams, MA Director of Volunteer Recruitment Shanda Arredondo, M. Ed. Advocacy Supervisor Kristen Balelo, JD Senior Assistant Program Manager Andrea Bliven Case Liaison—South Bay Courthouse Katie Borts Volunteer Recruitment Assistant Cindy Charron Vice President of Special Projects Barbara Chevalier, JD Case Liaison—Meadow Lark Courthouse

Kapiteni Katoanga, JD Advocacy Supervisor

Kelly Recker Advocacy Supervisor

Megan Koran Advocacy Supervisor

Camille Rodrigues Advocacy Supervisor

Noemi Lavoie, JD Advocacy Supervisor

Kristin Rolfs Advocacy Supervisor

Nicole LoCoco Advocacy Supervisor

Jessica Rowland, Esq. Case Liaison—Downtown Courthouse

Megan Marashlian Advocacy Supervisor

Linda DiMele Program Associate

Kathleen Matkowski Advocacy Supervisor

Maria Espejo-Nguyen Program Associate

Anna Maria Maybury Program/Training Coordinator

Kristina Estes Advocacy Supervisor

Jaime McLendon Volunteer Recruitment Associate

Allen Fox Advocacy Supervisor

Molly Mesnard Senior Advocacy Supervisor

Cailin Freeman Vice President of Programs

Cindi Middleton Operations Supervisor

Brittany Friedenreich, Esq. Advocacy Supervisor

Brianna Miller Senior Advocacy Supervisor (Riverside County)

Kylee Gibson Advocacy Supervisor Jennifer Gilstrap, M.Ed. Assistant Program Manager Sabrina Goosby Vice President of Training and Volunteers Freya Gordon, JD Advocacy Supervisor/Training Coordinator Christie Hakala Assistant Program Manager

Megan Ray Volunteer Training Manager

Melissa Kolts Advocacy Supervisor

Mitch Margolis Special Events Assistant

Kate Gibson Case Liaison—North County Courthouse

Diana Rangel Case Liaison—East County Courthouse

Maggie Kipper Assistant Program Manager

Victor Cuevas, MHD Advocacy Supervisor

Paulina Gajardo Advocacy Supervisor

Rebecca Rader Vice President of Philanthropy

Stephanie Killion Donor Services Coordinator

Karen Ryle Training Associate Tiffany Salayer, JD Advocacy Supervisor Susan Salvia Assistant Program Manager Andrea Self Senior Assistant Program Manager Erin Shaner, MBA Advocacy Supervisor Bianca Snead, JD, MA Case Liaison—Meadow Lark Courthouse Nikita Stange, MA Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator Kira Vine Assistant Program Manager

Holley Moore, MA Grants Officer

Brenda Wauson Staff Accountant

Stephen Moore Senior Program Manager

Jane Wehrmeister Senior Advocacy Supervisor

Sharon Morris Advocacy Supervisor/Training Coordinator (Riverside County)

Laura Whiteman, PHR-CA, SHRM-CP Director of Human Resources and Training

Jennifer Morrissey Vice President of Marketing and Communications

Jarilyn Wilson Advocacy Supervisor

Jessica Muñoz, Esq., MSFS Program Director (Riverside County)

Kirsten Wisneski Executive Assistant

Laurel Nelson Program Assistant

Diana Woldt-Gorsich, MA Advocacy Supervisor

Matt Olson Program Manager

Julie Woodruff Advocacy Supervisor/Training Coordinator (Riverside County)

Brian Hutchins Court Report Editor

* Educational degrees are noted for informational purposes only and do not denote active licensure or practice in a particular field.




This list recognizes CASA volunteers, Case Assessors, Board members, and others who have supported our mission for five or more years. We are deeply appreciative of their commitment. 25+ years

Sue Munz

James Davis

Sandi Patterson

Kathryn F. Ashworth, Esq.

Jennifer Negre

Kristin DeCarlo

Elizabeth Paynter

Carmela Bowen

Kimberly Neilson

Nancy Doyle

Rebecca Perez

Cheryl Greaves

Erin Pavelko

Ann Parode Dynes, Esq.

Steve Petersen

Sally Pollack

Patricia Engel

Patricia Picha

20+ Years

Gail Price

Hannah Engholm

Beth Plavan

Karen Breziner

Christie Ranney

Mindy Fletcher

Joanna Power

Beverly Haines

Genevieve Knych-Rohan

Nathan Fletcher

Judith Radke

Judith Pruyne

Lauree Sahba

Craig A. Irving

Bob Randall

Carol Sands

Tania Jabour

Jill Reichman

15+ Years

Jill Skrezyna

Dave Jackson

Deborah Rivera

David E. Archambault

Stacey Smith-Bacon

Ellen Jennings

Sherry Robins

Mary Ann Beattie

Beverly Smith

Karen Jernigan

Ed Rubenstein

Ruth Ely

Dennis Sullivan

John Johnson

Jill Sanford

Carolina Finch

Carol Tapert

Angela Johnson

Lucinda Scalco

Elizabeth Leonard

Jorge Valerdi

Rodney Jones

Jenny Sharratt

Eleanor Navarra

Cecilia Wolfe

Peggy Keigher

Karen Shusterman

Sharon Province

Randi Wortman

Colleen Kennedy

Sherry Singer

Sheryl Scarano

Jeri Koltun

Margaret Smiddy

Connie Unger

5+ Years

Nadene Landa

Cory Smith

Bobbie Young

Christine Abdelnour

Deborah Larkin

Karen Spring

Kristin Andreassen

Renee Lewis

Cecil H. Steppe

10+ Years

Louise Andres

Deborah Lyons

Brooke Stites

Varin Acevedo

Diane Archambault

Cheryl Ann MacDonald

Donna Sucov

Marilyn Adams

Cynthia Atkinson

Victoria Maffei

Carolyn Sullivan

Linda Austin

Natalie Austin

David Marino

Katie Sullivan

Laura Barton

Cynthia Avery

Patsy Marino

Haeyoung Kong Tang, PhD

Eleanor Bluestein

Harold Baker

Marina Marrelli

Joan Thomas

Pat Burrascano

Jessica R. Baldwin

Melinda Martinez

Ann Thompson

Diana Campion

Joye D. Blount

Bob McCullough

Mary Kay Vesey

Vicky Carlson

Rochelle Bold, Esq.

Teresa McGee

Sylvia Wachtler

Leslie Constantini

Rebecca Bowman

Amy McLaughlin

John Weinstein

Holly Elwell

Maggie Bradley

Sonya McMahon

Adele West

Anthony Farwell

Mary Brown

John Moriarty

Nancy Wilks

Dale Goldman

Jeffrey Carlson

Betty Morse

Anna Marie Williams

Patricia Hughes

Mayra Christiansen

Laura Muschamp

Barbara Winicki

Carol Irwin

Carol Cohn

Kathy Myers

Hoang-Thuong Wolpov

Carole Martin

Stephen Condon

Sharon Nachison

Linda Woolcott

Mary Jo Mathis

Laurel Conly

Carla Nugent

Joan Wright

Susan McClellan

Debra Crespin

Sally Ogilvie

Jesse Wright

Stacy McDaniel

Brandi Cropper

June Olcott

Dale E. Yahnke, CFA, CFPÂŽ

Marta Meester

Lisa Danaher

Diane Otto

Diane Zeiger




fastest-growing age group in foster care. However, when matched with a CASA volunteer, a remarkable 99.5% of these children did not reenter foster care compared with a standard 12% statewide recidivism rate.

Stellar supporters Our work with foster children would not be possible without the generosity and support of many individuals, companies, and foundations. We are grateful to these donors who had cumulative contributions of $25,000 or more through December 31, 2015, excluding in-kind donations. $1,000,000+



Alliance Healthcare Foundation

Judicial Council of California

Jocelyn Bauer/The Bauer Foundation

Leichtag Foundation

Stephanie Bergsma and Dwight Hare

Makua, Friends of Voices for Children

Annette and Daniel Bradbury

Price Philanthropies Foundation

Holly and David Bruce

Qualcomm Incorporated

The Highland Street Foundation

San Diego County Superior Court

Sally and Jeff Busby

Superior Court of California

C.J. & Dot Stafford Memorial Trust

Amy Gibbs and Charles E. White

Century Club of San Diego Charles and Ruth Billingsley Foundation


Child Abuse Prevention Foundation

Anonymous (2)

Cox Communications

National CASA Association

Day for Change

United Way of San Diego County

De Falco Family Foundation, Inc. Karen and Glenn Doshay


Dowling & Yahnke, LLC

Bank of America Charitable Foundation

Gina and Ray Ellis

Rochelle and Bill Bold

Holly Ellison

Farrell Family Foundation

Fylon Foundation

Gertrude Anderson Trust

Galinson Family Foundation at Jewish

In-N-Out Burger Foundation

Lily Lai Foundation

Helmstetter Family Foundation

Genta and Fred Luddy

Maria and Michael Herman

Patsy and David Marino/Hughes Marino

Dr. Stacy Jacobs

Diane M. Martin and Jim Martin*

Joan and Irwin Jacobs

Maurice J. Masserini CharitableTrust

George Lai

Qualcomm Foundation

Las Patronas

Rose Foundation

Sharon M. Lawrence, Esq. and Darin Boles, Esq.

Shrontz Family Foundation

Livingston Family Foundation

The San Diego Foundation

Massey Charitable Trust

San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program

McCarthy Family Foundation

Joan Waitt

Nicole and Todd Mikles



Community Foundation

Money/Arenz Foundation, Inc.

The Charles H. Stout Foundation

Eleanor and Jerry Navarra

Mary Kelly Clifton

Qualcomm Matching Gift Program

Community Children’s Foundation

Rivers of Hope Foundation

Supervisor Greg Cox, County of San Diego

Samuel & Katherine French Fund

Becca and Jason Craig

San Diego County Bar Foundation

Carol and Dr. Pedro Cuatrecasas

San Diego County Board of Supervisors

Datron World Communications, Inc.

Sheryl and Bob Scarano

Katayoun and Roque De La Fuente

Jill Skrezyna and Alex Sun

Ann Parode Dynes and Dr. Robert C. Dynes

Society of the Holy Child Jesus

P. Randolph Finch, Esq. and Cambra Finch

St. Germaine Children’s Charity

Foster Youth Services

Katie and Dr. Daniel Sullivan


The Parker Foundation

Goodrich Foundation

The Seth Sprague Educational & Charitable Foundation

HD Supply

Walter J. and Betty C. Zable Foundation

Hervey Family Non-Endowment Fund

Dr. Laurie Mitchell and Brent Woods

IDANTA Partners Ltd. Impact Giving


Irving Hughes

Anonymous (2)

Yolanda and Jimmy Janacek

American Contractors Indemnity Co.

Jennifer McIlvaine and Matt Landa

Association of Legal Administrators San Diego

Lifetime Products

David Bialis

Morrison & Foerster Foundation

Patricia and Marc Brutten

Jennifer and Tim O’Connell

California CASA Association

Kristi and Dick Pfister

Caroline and Anthony Farwell

Jori Potiker and Michael C. Brown*

Debby and Wain Fishburn

Allison and Robert Price

Junior Seau Foundation

Rancho Santa Fe Foundation/The Patriot’s Initiative

Phillip Mackler Trust*

Lee and Stuart Posnock

Carole Sachs

Price-Lynn Collaborative Fund

Sage Foundation

Riverside County Transportation Commission

Lauree and Monte Sahba

Sahm Family Foundation

Dorian and William Sailer

Stuart Foundation

Sempra Energy

The Country Friends, Inc

The Kevin C. Tang Foundation

The Estate of Abel De Brito, Jr.*

Tecate Industries, Inc.

The Fieldstone Foundation

The Thomas C. Ackerman Foundation

Ticket To Dream Foundation/Sleep Train

U.S. Bank

Union Bank

Connie and Dr. Richard Unger

Lise Wilson and Steven Strauss

Lany and Alex Zikakis



Anonymous (3)

Sepi and Peter Arrowsmith

Ashford University

Kathryn F. Ashworth, Esq.

AT&T United Way Employee Giving Campaign

B.I.A. Cares for Kids

and The Hon. Thomas Ashworth III

at the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation

Jonni and Steve Bailey

Bank of the West

Boys and Girls Foundation

Barney & Barney

Julie and Noah Bretz

Patricia and Bruce Bartlett

Greg Byrum


Callaway Golf Company Foundation

Dr. Tom Bombardier and John Fowler



Carmela Bowen

Larry D. Marcus

Laura and Ethan Boyer

Deborah and Claude-Anthony Marengo

Karen and Jim Brailean

Marcia and Dr. Michael Martin

Lorena Bricker

Mary Lou Washatka Trust

Barbara Iversen and Shaun Burnett

Claire and Ryan Matusek

Bridgepoint Education, Inc.

Susan and Craig McClellan

California Bank & Trust

Nancy and Tony McCune

Debra and Edward Capozzoli

Olive McWain

Center for Car Donations

Barbara Meserve and Ken Pickle

County of Riverside EDA CDBG Program

Lynne and Kevin Metros

County of Riverside

RobynAnn Nelson

Covington & Burling LLP

Nordstrom Inc., Contributions Department

CW Cares for Kids Fund

North American Communications, Inc.

Gigi Cramer and Ed Cramer*

Northrop Grumman Employee Charity Org. (ECHO)

Karen and John Creelman

Elena Delacruz and Matthew Osborne

Cubic Corporation

Pacific Southwest Construction & Equipment

Sara and Larry Dodge

Pacific Athletic Club

Lynne and Steve Doyle

Pacific Life Foundation

Nancy Banning Doyle and David Doyle

Sarah and Julian Parra

Audrey Geisel/Dr. Seuss Foundation

Kim Penny and Robert Ludwig

Ebay Cy Pres Award

Lynn Gorguze and the Hon. Scott Peters

Sue K. Edwards and Dr. Charles C. Edwards*

Kimberly and James Peterson

Philip Eisenberg Trust*

PNC Financial

Joan and Rocco Fabiano

Procopio Cory Hargreaves & Savitch

Lisette and Michael Farrell

Provide Commerce

Freddie Mac Foundation

ProFlowers/Shari’s Berries/Red Envelope

G.A.G. Charitable Corporation

Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund

Cynthia and Christopher Garrett

Terry and Timothy Riley

Amy Ginnow and Andrée Morin

Gina and Gregory Rippel

Giorgio Armani Corporation

Beth and Josh Roach

Good Source Solutions

Ronald McDonald House Charities

Hélène and George Gould

Supervisor Dave Roberts, County of San Diego

Jennifer and Dr. Richard Greenfield

Supervisor Ron Roberts, County of San Diego

John Helm and Dorothy Helm*

Dr. Gene Rumsey and Mary Rumsey*

Patricia and Robert Hughes

Ruth Lane Charitable Foundation

Rebecca and Craig Irving

Nancy Sackheim

Dave B. Jackson

San Diego Downtown Breakfast Rotary Club

The James Irvine Foundation

San Diego Firefighters Local 145

Joseph Drown Foundation

San Diego Unified School District

Josephson-Werdowatz & Associates

Margy Schneider*

Kappa Alpha Theta—Eta Iota Chapter

Stefani and Allan Simon

Kappa Alpha Theta—Zeta Rho Chapter

Robin Stark

Linda and Richard L. Kintz, Esq.

Karen and Mike Stone

Kiwanis Club of La Jolla

Kathliene and Jon Sundt

Jeri and Bill Koltun

The Legler Benbough Foundation

Colleen and Thomas Lambert

The Linnie Cooper Foundation

Life Technologies

The Samuel I. & John Henry Fox Foundation

Sarah and Kurt Livermore

The TJX Foundation /The TJX Companies

Alyce and Mitch Lynn

Toby Wells Foundation

Combined Resources International

Marie Tuthill and Dennis Bradstreet



Rebecca and Chris Twomey


Walmart Foundation

David Bialis

WD-40 Company

Rochelle and William Bold

Weingart Foundation

California CASA Association

Weingart-Price Fund

Focusing Philanthropy

Holly Ellison

at The San Diego Foundation

Lynn and Lloyd Wells

Dr. Stacy Jacobs

Robin and Kevin Werner

Livingston Family Foundation

Paula Whalen and Kenneth Whalen*

Nicole and Todd Mikles

Sheryl and Harvey White

Rose Foundation

Fe and Ralph Whitworth

The Kevin C. Tang Foundation

Pamela and Martin Wygod Julie and Dale Yahnke


Diane and David Zeiger

Association of Legal Administrators San Diego Bank of America Charitable Foundation Annette and Daniel Bradbury


Patricia and Marc Brutten

We are grateful to the following donors who

Century Club of San Diego

have made annual gifts of $1,000 or more between

Becca and Jason Craig

July 1, 2014 and December 31, 2015.

County of Riverside County of Riverside EDA CDBG Program


Ann Parode Dynes and Dr. Robert C. Dynes


Gina and Ray Ellis Lisette and Michael Farrell


Amy Ginnow and Andrée Morin

Anonymous (2)

Jennifer and Dr. Richard Greenfield

Jocelyn Bauer

In-N-Out Burger Foundation

Amy Gibbs and Charles E. White

Patsy and David Marino

George Lai

Massey Charitable Trust

Lily Lai Foundation

McCarthy Family Foundation

Joan and Irwin Jacobs

Jennifer and Tim O’Connell

Judicial Council of California

Kristi and Dick Pfister

Genta and Fred Luddy

Allison and Robert Price

National CASA Association

Carole Sachs

Price Philanthropies Foundation

Dorian and William Sailer

Qualcomm Incorporated

Sahm Family Foundation

Qualcomm Foundation

Samuel & Katherine French Fund

Katie and Dr. Daniel Sullivan

The Seth Sprague Educational & Charitable Foundation

Walter J. and Betty C. Zable Foundation

Shrontz Family Foundation Jill Skrezyna and Alex Sun


Karen and Mike Stone


Lise Wilson and Steven Strauss

American Contractors Indemnity Co.

Julie and Dale Yahnke

Stephanie Bergsma and Dwight Hare

Dowling & Yahnke, LLC

Holly and David Bruce

The Highland Street Foundation


Cox Communications


Riverside County Transportation Commission

AJL Charitable Foundation

San Diego County Board of Supervisors

Kathryn F. Ashworth, Esq. and

Ticket To Dream Foundation/Sleep Train

The Hon. Thomas Ashworth III



Rita and Richard Atkinson

Elaine and Herbert Solomon

Barona Valley Ranch Resort & Casino

Sovereign Capital Management

Bridgepoint Education, Inc.

Dr. Alice Mo and Ted Tchang

Burruss Enterprises Consulting

The Community Foundation of Riverside County

Sally and Jeff Busby

The David C. Copley Foundation

Greg Byrum

The Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund/The Patriot’s

C.J. & Dot Stafford Memorial Trust

Charles and Ruth Billingsley Foundation

The Rivers Foundation

Nikoo and Jack Chitayat

The San Diego Foundation*

Patricia Cohen

The TJX Foundation /The TJX Companies

Susana Corrigan

Clara Wu Tsai and Joseph Tsai

Covington & Burling LLP

U.S. Bank

Supervisor Greg Cox, County of San Diego

Warren Family Foundation

Datron World Communications, Inc.

Supervisor Chuck Washington, County of Riverside

Day for Change

Robin and Kevin Werner

Robert Dean

Sheryl and Harvey White

Nancy Banning Doyle and David Doyle

Don Willis

Audrey Geisel/Dr. Seuss Foundation

Karin Winner

Farrell Family Foundation

Dr. Laurie Mitchell and Brent Woods

P. Randolph Finch, Esq. and Cambra Finch

Lany and Alex Zikakis

Initiative at the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation

Debby and Wain Fishburn Genentech


Goodrich Foundation

Anonymous (3)

Silvia and Dan Greenbaum

Allegro Investment Inc.

Hervey Family Non-Endowment Fund

Laura and Alonso Amaya

Impact Giving

Casey and David Armstrong

Integrated Marketing Systems

Sepi and Peter Arrowsmith

Yolanda and Jimmy Janacek

Jonni and Steve Bailey

Councilmember Mark Kersey

Banc of California

Linda and Richard L. Kintz, Esq.

Bill Howe Plumbing

Sharon M. Lawrence, Esq. and Darin Boles, Esq.

Dana and Brandon Black

Courtney and Col. Ray Liddy

BNSF Railway Foundation

Lifetime Products

Boys and Girls Foundation

Larry D. Marcus

Debra and Edward Capozzoli

Morrison & Foerster Foundation

Amber and Robert Chambers

Elena Delacruz and Matthew Osborne

Lee Clark and Dr. Jerry Pikolysky

Sarah and Julian Parra

Carol and Dr. Pedro Cuatrecasas

Lynn Gorguze and The Hon. Scott Peters

De Falco Family Foundation, Inc.

Jori Potiker

Lynne and Steve Doyle

Gigie and Larry Price

Chandra and Roi Ewell

Qualcomm Matching Gift Program

Anne and Dr. John G. Farrell

Terry and Timothy Riley

Caroline and Anthony Farwell

Supervisor Dave Roberts, County of San Diego

Dr. Magda Marquet and Dr. François Ferré

Tricia and Dan Ryan

Finch, Thornton & Baird, LLP

San Diego County Bar Foundation

First American Title Insurance

Sheryl and Bob Scarano

Foley & Lardner LLP

Stacy Schievelbein/Schievelbein Family Foundation

Lynda Forsha and Bob Blanchard

Sempra Energy

Angela and Koji Fukumura

Erica and Danny Shepherd

Georges & Germaine Fusenot Charity Foundation

Darlene Marcos Shiley

Hanna and Mark Gleiberman



Sharon Gorevitz and Alan Greenberg

Rhonda and Mark Turvey

Supervisor Bill Horn, County of San Diego

Rebecca and Chris Twomey

Robyn Hudgens and Ed Batts

Connie and Dr. Richard Unger

The Hon. Susan Huguenor (ret.) and Thomas Huguenor

United Way of San Diego County

Intercare Insurance Services

Urban Plates

Rebecca and Craig Irving

Lori and Bill Walton

Katherine and The Hon. Darrell Issa

Wells Fargo Foundation

Issa Family Foundation

Fe and Ralph Whitworth

Lila and Jason Jarvis

Diane and David Zeiger

Kappa Alpha Psi Kappa Alpha Theta—Eta Iota Chapter


Kappa Alpha Theta—Zeta Rho Chapter

Anonymous (2)

Rupert Keesler

Lisa and Raul Albanez

Melissa and Erbin Keith

AMN Healthcare

Kate and Dick Kelley

John Rigby and Teri Appelson

Kelly and Mark Kjos

Scott Arnold

Jeri and Bill Koltun

Remley and Doug Arthur

Kroha/Casner Family Foundation

Arthur and Jeanette Pratt Memorial Fund

Jennifer McIlvaine and Matt Landa

Benevity Community Impact Fund

Doreen Young and Ed Luwa

Erin and Phil Bevacqua

Mary Keough Lyman

Nicole and Neil Billock

Ellen Marks

Kevin and Megan Boland

Diane M. Martin

Miriam Breaux

Marcia and Michael Martin

William Brennan

Marjaneh and Dan Miller

Adam Brody

Money/Arenz Foundation, Inc.

Susan and Alex Casdin

Andrea and Gregory Moser

Joseph Castagnola

Armone Sullivan and Chuck Myers

Karen and Don Cohn

Eleanor and Jerry Navarra

Ellise and Michael Coit

Nordstrom Inc.

Confidence Foundation

Lee Parnell and Robert Borthwick

Lorie and Aaron Contorer

Maryanne and Irwin Pfister

Gigi Cramer and Ed Cramer*


Cubic Corporation

Mark Piccone

Delphi Private Advisors

Debbie Turner and Conrad Prebys

Sandra and Stephen Dorros

Judith Radke

Tricia and Jermaine Dye

ResMed Foundation

Marianne Elam

Jeannie and Arthur Rivkin*

Ethel Kennedy Foundation

Supervisor Ron Roberts, County of San Diego

Carolyn and William Fairl

Rita Ryu and Matthew McCormick

Fidelity National Title

Lauree and Monte Sahba

Kathleen and Steven Flynn

Sandra Timmons and Richard Sandstrom

G.A.G. Charitable Corporation

Julie Frimmer and Alan Sauvage

Gambucci Design, Inc.

James D. Sinegal

Larry Ganzell

Susan and Dean Spanos

Gemperle Enterprises

Kathliene and Jon Sundt

Laury Graves

The Country Friends, Inc

Carol Lee and Jon Hangartner

The Nordson Corporation Foundation

Helmstetter Family Foundation

The Samuel I. & John Henry Fox Foundation

Allison Henderson and Jay Miles


Faye Hunter and Dr. Hugh M. Davies



Margaret Jackson

Ellen Marie Ahern

Shandi and Michael Johnson

Laney and Kevin Alexander


Dede and Mike Alpert

Eric Kleinbub

Lisa and Steve Altman

Stephanie and Les Kourie

Joan Ames

Colleen and Thomas Lambert

Bill Anderson

Lawyers Club of San Diego Fund for Justice

Mirna and Jim Ault

Petra Mertens and Susan Lester

Christine and David Bagley

Devon and William Logan

Carolyn and Paul Barber

Marilena and Greg Lucier

Whitney and Thomas Barton

Leslye and Scott Lyons

Jennifer and Will Beamer

M2 Fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Lisa and Jay Berlin

Analia Macleod

Andrea Bjeldanes

Paul Maidhof

The Hon. Marilyn Huff and William Boggs

Lisa A. Mason

Ginger and David Boss

Cari and Bassam Massaad

Elizabeth Brolaski

Kristen McCabe

Loyce Bruce

Janet and John McCulley

Sandy Brue and Chris Carstens

Jill and Tom McKee

Barbara Bry and Neil Senturia

Jennifer and William Morrissey

Yuko Burkett

Caroline and Nicolas Nierenberg

Vicky Carlson

Carla Nolan

Fred Cassle

Northrop Grumman Employee Charity Org. (ECHO)

Cavignac & Associates

Barbara and John Noyes

Erin and Sean Ciemiewicz

Terri and Galen Pavelko

Cleveland Lewis Group at Morgan Stanley

Pamela Pendrell

Compound Solutions

Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club

Corporate Travel Management

Jonathon Reeser

Maurice and Kim Correia

Sari and Kenneth Rudy

Steven Craig

San Diego Unified School District

David E. Cumming Family Foundation

Sara Solomon

Sandra and Henny den Uijl

Susanne Stanford and Tom Matthews

Asha and Chris Devereaux

The Rotary Foundation

Michelle and Steve Dias

Linda and Ray Thomas

Gabby and Mark Doss

Rande Turner

Joseph Durkin

UBS Financial Services

Cathie and Burl East

Christine and Jon Vanderpool

Phyllis and Daniel Epstein

Nancy Warwick

Sarah and Bob Esch

Deidre and Raleigh Watson

Judy Feldman

Dan Weinstein

Diane Feurstein

Cecilia and Scott Wolfe

Suzanne Figi

Amy and Jim Wood

Jennifer and Tony Franco

Youth Philanthropy Fund of the Jewish

Stephanie and Jeffrey Galinson

Craig Garner

Community Foundation

Markus Gemuend $1,000+

Joyce Glazer

Anonymous (6)

Lee and Frank Goldberg

Diane and David Archambault

Martin Goodman

Aetna Foundation

Grandor, Inc

AG Cash Inc.

Wendy Greene



Dianne Gregg

Ginny and Marshall Merrifield

Hallie and Brian Guiltinan

Rebecca and Eugene Mitchell

Caroline Vivas and Hany Gurgis

Heather and Jason Mubarak

Cat and Jose Guzman

Mark and Jamie Mullen

Ashley and Brian Hayek

Kathryn and Mark Munoz

Lora and Brent Heramb

Kathryn and Lance Murphy

Sarah and Christopher Herr

Sean Murphy

Allison Hickey

Todd Neal

Teresa and Harry Hixson

Jennifer Negre

Cynthia Hoffman

Nihsima Jewelry

Brad Horwitz

Terren and Bill O’Connor

Deborah and Scott Huennekens

Gale and Scott O’Mara

The Hon. Carol Isackson (ret.)

Jeffrey and Kathryn O’Neill

J Choo USA Inc.

Kristen and Eoin O’Shea

Dave B. Jackson

Jinny and Gary Pace

Laura and Carl Johnson

Adriana and Brian Palamino Scott

Shaun Jordan

Erin and Omar Passons

Josephson-Werdowatz & Associates

Carolyn Peterson

Andy Kaffka

Linda and Lee Phillips

The Hon. Sharon Kalemkiarian and

Procopio Cory Hargreaves & Savitch

Sam and Jennifer Rasmussen

Rey Galindo

Greg Kaminsky

Regency Centers

Linda and Daniel Kao

Jessica Reouveni

Danny Kelly

Jodyne Roseman

Jill Kirshner

Lynne and Glen Rossman

Kiwanis Club of La Jolla

Rotary Club of Coronado Foundation

Julie Tafel Klaus

Rotary Club of Escondido

Karla Kraus

Deborah and Kevin Sagara

Diana Kupiec

San Diego Downtown Breakfast Rotary Club

Adrianne Lane

Sanderson Family Donor Advised Fund

Lynn and Mitch Lathrop

Stacey and David Schmolke

Andrea and Travis Lee

Shell Oil Company Foundation

Sandra and Arthur Levinson

Stephanie and Howard Sherwood

Mark Lewis

Susie Sides and Jim Avery

Jaime Liwerant

Lera B. Smith and Steven R. Smith

Rich Lobo

The Hon. Stephanie Sontag and

Love Thirteen

Catherine and William Luetzow

Andrew Sorge

Pam and Larry Lushanko

Martha Sottosanti

Deborah Lyons and Marjorie Zarling

Jacquie Southas

Suzy and Cary Mack

Spiegel Burn Foundation

Victoria Maffei

Valerie and Stephen Spooner

Anita and Michael Mahaffey

Mary Ann and Drew Sprague

Makua Auxiliary

Robin Stark

Elizabeth Manchester

Anne and Robert Steck

Joan Mangan

Iris and Matthew C. Strauss

Sherry and Richard Manoogian

Robin and Kirk Strawn

Marie C. & Joseph C. Wilson Foundation

Sunroad Enterprises

Lisa and Paul Martens

SunTrust Bank

Betsy and Scott McClendon

Karen Sutton and Gary Van Voorhis

The Hon. David Oberholtzer



Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation


Troy Tegeler

This group of supporters have included VFC in

The Sundt Foundation

their estate plans—a legacy for future stability and

Judy Thompson and Michael Conner

sustainability. Co-founder Kathryn Ashworth is

TriLink BioTechnologies Inc.

Honorary Chair.

Todd Trusso Donna and Dr. Raymond Vance

Gertrude Anderson Trust

Staci and Andy Vanderwiel

Kathryn F. Ashworth, Esq. and

Susan and Robert Von Zabern

Wallace Inn of Court

The Paul Balistocky and Cynthia Balistocky Trust

John P. Weinstein

Rochelle Bold, Esq. and Bill Bold

Susan Wensel

Greg Byrum

Kira Willett

Keri and Shaun Copans

Ralph Wisniewski

Rita Cutri

Bob and Terry Wolter

Daiber Family Living Trust

Linda Woolcott

Janeen and Joseph D’Angelo

Leslie and Sam Zales

The Estate of Abel De Brito, Jr.

Susan and Gavin Zau

Ann Parode Dynes, Esq. and Dr. Robert C. Dynes

The Honorable Thomas Ashworth III

Phillip M. Eisenberg Charitable Trust Barbara Ellis * DECEASED THROUGH THE SAN DIEGO FOUNDATION

Gina and Ray Ellis Anne and Dr. John G. Farrell P. Randolph Finch Jr., Esq. and Cambra Finch Ray J. Kahler Trust Nancy Kaye Truman C. Kuehn Trust Ernest Laks Trust Sharon M. Lawrence, Esq. and Darin Boles, Esq. Elizabeth M. Leonard Phillip Mackler Trust Joan D. MacMillin Family Trust Ellen Preston Jacqueline Reilly Lauree and Monte Sahba Jill Skrezyna and Alex Sun Mary Lou Washatka Trust Amy Gibbs and Charles White Anonymous (2)

VFC deeply appreciates each donor’s compassion for the foster children of our community. Every contribution makes a difference, and we wish we had room to list all individuals and organizations that made donations up to $1,000 as well as in-kind gifts. We have made every effort to ensure this list (which covers a period ending 12/31/2015) is complete and accurate. If you have found an error or omission, please contact (858) 598-2243 or email



For information on the Advocates Circle legacy society, contact Anne Farrell, Chief Philanthropy Officer at (858) 598-2246 or




Cindy Charron Cailin Freeman Anne Farrell Stephanie Killion Sharon Lawrence Holley Moore Rebecca Rader James Scoffin Kirsten Wisneski




Ursula Rothfuss PHOTOGRAPHY

To protect the identities of the children, some details of their stories have been altered, and the names and images have been changed.



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