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SPRING 2018

Volume No. 29 | Issue 2

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Message from the Board Chair

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John Valencia Appointed President & CEO

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Breaking the Cycle


MESSAGE FROM THE

CHAIR OF THE BOARD “NO ONE is useless in this world who LIGHTENS THE BURDEN of another’’ — CHARLES DICKENS

Dear Friends, Voices for Children is at an exciting juncture in its history. While we remain committed to our long-standing mission to provide trained, volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) to every child who needs one, there are developments taking place at VFC that I am confident will grow our service to new heights. I am pleased to announce that following a comprehensive search, the Board of Directors appointed John Valencia as President & CEO. He began his new role on February 13. John brings two decades of senior nonprofit management experience to the position, most recently as the Vice Chancellor, Workforce & Organizational Development, for Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District. He has served on numerous boards of directors and received awards for his community service, including the Kiwanis Community Award and San Diego’s Citizen of the Year Award. He is a passionate advocate for foster youth, and has been integral in helping these youth pursue their education during his time with the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District. John’s dedication to helping foster youth succeed, coupled with his exceptional leadership skills, will help VFC carry forward its important work of advocating on behalf of children in San Diego and Riverside County foster care.

OUR MISSION

Voices for Children transforms the lives of abused, abandoned, or neglected children by providing them with trained volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs). OUR VISION

Voices for Children believes that every child deserves a safe and permanent home and, to that end, will provide a trained CASA volunteer to every abused, abandoned, or neglected child who needs one, and advocate to improve the lives of children in the foster care system.

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While we are thrilled to be welcoming John, I join the entire Board of Directors in thanking David Bialis for serving as our Interim CEO for four months. We are so grateful to him for reinforcing the incredible work being done by our dedicated staff and volunteers, and for a renewed vigor to take on the task of serving every child. In this issue of the Voice, we have the privilege of sharing a critical new program VFC is launching this spring, providing specialized advocacy to youth who have been abused or neglected and are in danger of spending their lives in and out of the justice system. Also in this issue, you can read about one of my favorite events to attend every year, our Holiday Parties for our children and their CASAs. And if you joined us for the Nordstrom Opening Gala or our annual Judges’ Luncheon, don’t miss the pictures on page 10. As we look forward to continued growth, we need your support more than ever. We treasure each gift of time, financial support, and voice you give to our kids, and we thank you for being a part of the Voices for Children family. With gratitude,

Jill Skrezyna Chair of the Board of Directors, FY2016-2018 Voices for Children


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PRESIDENT & CEO

“I am honored to be joining such an exceptional organization as Voices for Children. I look forward to the opportunity to work with the staff, volunteers, donors, and community partners who make this vital program possible for our youth.” JOHN VALENCIA, President & CEO

Dear Friends, It is an honor to be writing the first of many letters I will pen for The Voice, and I want to start by saying thank you. First, I want to thank the VFC Board of Directors for the opportunity to lead this wonderful organization – it’s staff, volunteers, and the children we serve together. But even more, I want to thank all of our readers. Some of you are generous volunteers; some are dedicated donors; and some are just beginning to learn what Voices for Children is all about. Whether you have been a part of VFC since day one, or you have been watching from the sidelines waiting for the right moment to get involved, thank you for caring about our children enough to step up and make sure their voices are heard. While VFC has an incredible track record of service, our job will never be done as long as there are children who suffer abuse and neglect and who long to have their voices heard. These children need all of us, coming together, to ensure they receive what every child deserves – the stability and peace of a safe, permanent home. Gratefully,

John Valencia President & CEO

Creating Special Memories In December, Voices for Children had the joy of hosting our foster children and their CASAs for our annual Holiday Parties. In San Diego County, our foster youth enjoyed a day filled with festive activities including a card and craft station, Lego-building with the help of master builders from Legoland and Merlin’s Magic Wand, cookie decorating, and a wonderful selection of gelato from Gelato Paradiso. In Riverside County, we hosted our second annual Holiday Party and were thrilled to see our foster youth and their CASAs as they enjoyed a beautiful day outdoors, filled with arts and crafts activities, exciting games, and delicious food. Because of our incredible supporters, we were able to provide each foster child with a brand new book, gift card, and stuffed animal to keep as their own—the only gifts some received during the holidays.

One of the most special moments from the Holiday Parties was seeing the looks on our children’s faces as they reunited with their siblings to make new memories. For many of our foster children, this was the only opportunity they had to celebrate the holidays. Each year, the Holiday Parties are some of our team’s favorite events, and they remind us why we work to ensure foster children have a voice. We are thankful for those who helped to make this holiday season extra special for the youth we serve, including our volunteers, book drive donors, Avon for providing stuffed animals, Raphael’s Party Rentals for helping to create Santa’s workshop, and so many more!

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“With VFC’s proven track record of service to children facing the uncertainty, and often outright chaos, of living in foster care, I cannot think of an organization better poised to provide the critical advocacy only a CASA can provide to youth in our juvenile justice system.” – THE HONORABLE SUSAN HUGUENOR (RET.)

Breaking the Cycle New Initiative Expands CASA Training and Advocacy It is a sad statistic that many boys and girls in the foster care system, who have been victimized by unimaginable mistreatment by their own families, have also been convicted of violating the law themselves, and are in danger of spending their lives in and out of juvenile detention and, ultimately, jail and prison. In fact, San Diego’s Juvenile Probation Department has determined that more than 70 percent of the individuals currently on juvenile probation in San Diego County have a family history with Child Welfare Services prior to the start of their probation. Despite these troubling statistics, society generally has failed to effectively address the fact that they are also victims of horrific abuse, neglect, and abandonment.

“Whether they are looking for a place to belong and get involved with gang activity, or steal food for their brothers and sisters who are not being fed, these children need someone to speak up for them.” – STEPHEN MOORE, VFC Senior Vice President of Programs

Historically, Voices for Children has only served children who are in the foster care system. However, a new grant is allowing us to serve youth in the juvenile justice system—many of whose families have a history with Child Welfare

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Services—who have committed minor offenses and would greatly benefit from a CASA. “Voices for Children CASA volunteers provide exemplary advocacy to children living in foster care,” shared Judge Susan Huguenor (Ret.). “During my time serving as a San Diego County Dependency Judge from 1996 to 2009, I consistently reviewed the CASA’s report first when preparing for hearings. With VFC’s proven track record of service to children facing the uncertainty, and often outright chaos, of living in foster care, I cannot think of an organization better poised to provide the critical advocacy only a CASA can provide to youth in our juvenile justice system.” In many ways, the background and needs of youth in the juvenile justice system are the same as the children in the foster care system, but the care and support they receive is very different. Youth facing criminal charges or convictions are supervised by probation officers, an arm of law enforcement charged with enforcing court orders. These officers do not have the time to—nor does their job require them to—meet the emotional needs of these youth or advocate for their best interests outside of detention. All children, no matter their age or background, need the support of a consistent, caring adult in their lives. Without this kind of dedicated adult intervention, youth facing criminal

charges or convictions may not receive key services and support that would be most beneficial for their rehabilitation and future success. Voices for Children Senior Vice President of Programs, Stephen Moore, said of the new initiative, “We know that youth living in the foster care system and youth involved in the juvenile justice system share many of the same needs. Sadly, due to their family situations and the trauma they’ve experienced, these youth do not have the physical resources, emotional and relational tools, or positive role models they need to cope in healthy ways. Whether they are looking for a place to belong and get involved with gang activity, or steal food for their brothers and sisters who are not being fed, these children need someone to speak up for them.” In 2015, the California legislature recognized the needs of youth in the juvenile justice system and enacted new laws (Welfare and Institutions Code sections 101, 102, 103, and 109) permitting CASAs to offer advocacy and support to this population. Previously the law authorized CASAs to serve only youth in the dependency system. With the counsel and support of their assigned VFC Advocacy Supervisors, CASAs will develop case plans for these youth, connect them with local resources, write court reports, and appear at hearings to help judges understand and implement what is best for the youth. In much the same way as


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they now do for children in foster care, CASAs will serve as an advocate, including intervention with academic institutions, interpreter services, and help applying for community benefits such as housing services, relocation assistance, and employment programs. Through one-on-one advocacy, CASAs can help youth make better and more positive decisions, and develop healthy relationships. This level of CASA support can completely change the trajectory of these young lives—boys and girls who in many cases were themselves victims of crimes and maltreatment by parents or caregivers. Through its CASA program, VFC has seen the effectiveness of a consistent adult presence in the lives of youth and teens with no one else on whom they can depend. National studies have shown that children and youth in foster care who have the support of a CASA are more likely to be adopted, less likely to bounce back and forth

between their biological family and the foster care system, and that the CASA will help to keep the case open to successfully reunify children with their parents if they believe that is what is best for the children. In addition, children with CASAs do better in school and score higher on self-protective factors such as self-esteem. VFC believes these same outcomes will be possible for boys and girls who are involved with the juvenile justice system if they receive the advocacy of a CASA. VFC’s new program will provide support to youth facing nonviolent charges or convictions so they have the best chance of completing their detention without incident, and find success afterwards in school and beyond. By providing dedicated advocacy to these youths, VFC hopes to reverse a cycle of victimization, instability, poverty, homelessness, and incarceration.

Juvenile Dependency: the system which intervenes when a child has allegedly been abused, neglected, or abandoned by their parents or caregivers; see also, foster care system Juvenile Delinquency: the system which intervenes when youth under the age of 18 are accused of or convicted of delinquent behavior or criminal acts; see also, juvenile justice, juvenile probation

Manuel is the first of five children born to parents who struggled with drug addiction. Neither his father nor his mother could maintain consistent employment, and when they did manage to take on odd jobs, every penny went to feed their addiction. As the oldest child, Manuel felt responsible for his younger siblings and had to grow up faster than any child should. Sadly, the boy’s father used that guilt to pressure him to contribute to the family’s finances. At just fifteen years old, Manuel was required to bring home $50 per week, and rather than focusing on school, he spent his time trying to make money to support his siblings. One night, Manuel was caught breaking into a garage not far from the family’s home. He regularly searched trashcans and recycling bins on the street for bottles and cans to turn in for cash, but when he hadn’t found enough that night, he hoped to find some in a garage recycling bin. When Manuel was arrested for breaking and entering, it was discovered that he and his siblings were being neglected and that their home was not a safe place. Soon after, all five children entered foster care, formally called the juvenile dependency system. At the same time, Manuel had entered juvenile delinquency and was faced with criminal charges for a desperate action taken under unimaginable circumstances.

Manuel’s story is not uncommon. More than 70 percent of the youth currently on juvenile probation in San Diego County have a family history with Child Welfare Services. Our new program will allow us the opportunity to provide targeted advocacy and specialized CASA training to help ensure these youth find safe, permanent homes.

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Continued Growth

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Voices for Children is proud of the continued growth of our Riverside County CASA program. In less than three years, we are serving more than 300 Riverside County children thanks to the inspiring dedication of 230 CASA volunteers. Our Riverside County team includes eight staff members who are based in offices in Riverside, Murrieta, and Palm Desert. We know how extraordinary our CASA volunteers are, and we are ecstatic when the community recognizes them, too. On November 15, 2017, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) - Inland Empire Chapter named CASA Kris Torres the Volunteer of the Year, recognizing her dedication to supporting the mission of Voices for Children. Kris became a CASA in July 2015 and has dedicated more than 500 hours to advocating for her case child. Among other important resources, Kris recommended that the girl stay in the same school, even when she had to move to a different placement. We are grateful for Kris’ commitment and are humbled to serve our children alongside many generous volunteers like her.

RIVERSIDE COUNTY DONOR SPOTLIGHT

230 CASAS SO FAR THIS FISCAL YEAR

DO YOU KNOW A GROUP OR ORGANIZATION THAT WOULD LIKE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT RIVERSIDE COUNTY’S CASA PROGRAM? You can book a speaker to share how CASA volunteers are making positive impacts in the lives of children in foster care across Riverside County. To arrange for a speaker from Voices for Children to visit your group, organization, service club, or workplace, contact Sharon Morris, Recruitment and Training Manager, at sharonm@speakupnow.org or (951) 472-9301 for more information.

Rhonda is just one of 230 phenomenal CASAs serving foster children across Riverside County.

RHONDA LOUDEN The generous gift of time that our CASAs make is what furthers our mission to improve the lives of children who have been abused and neglected. But without the resources to recruit, train, and support our CASA volunteers, the unique advocacy they provide would not be possible. CASA Rhonda Louden understands this reality. Rhonda tells us that, after she retired, she was looking for a volunteer opportunity that was meaningful and flexible. Recently, Rhonda advocated for two teenage sisters who were ultimately reunified with their parents. Rhonda ensured that the girls were aware of all the resources available to them as they prepared to complete high school, including helping them with their resumes and job searching. In addition to giving her time, Rhonda also supports Voices for Children financially by making a recurring monthly gift. We are grateful for the many ways volunteers and donors like Rhonda give to support children in foster care.

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GRANTS GIVE FOSTER CHILDREN A BETTER LIFE Voices for Children is only able to provide life-changing advocacy to foster children in need because of the compassion and generosity of many individuals and organizations, including foundations, corporations, and government agencies. VFC is incredibly grateful to the following organizations for their recent gifts in support of the CASA program: the Walter J. and Betty C. Zable Foundation, the Qualcomm Foundation, the Sahm Family Foundation, the City of San Diego, Massey Charitable Trust, Day for Change, the San Diego County Bar Foundation, the C.J. Stafford and Dot Stafford Memorial Trust, the AJL Charitable Foundation, Bridgepoint Education/Ashford University, the Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation, The Country Friends, the Seth Sprague Charitable & Educational Foundation, the Boys and Girls Foundation, the Georges and Germaine Fusenot Charity Foundation, the San Diego Pride Foundation, and the San Diego Unified School District. This outpouring of support is helping to make life better for thousands of abused and neglected children.

CASA / CHILD SPOTLIGHT

CASA EMILY & VIOLET

Violet Finds Her Forever Family In a past issue of The Voice, we shared the story of Riverside County CASA Emily Vizcarra and Violet, her case child. Emily served as Violet’s CASA for just six months, but the two formed a very special bond in that time. Emily visited the girl at her placement every week; they pretended to be wizards and played with plastic wands. Because of the relationship they built, Emily was able to give Violet’s social worker and the court lots of insight about what was best for her. When the opportunity arose for Violet to move to Texas and live with her aunt, CASA Emily knew that it was the right place for her. The photo above was taken when Emily and Violet said goodbye, with Violet wiping tears from Emily’s face.

VFC thanks the Escondido Charitable Foundation for their tremendous contribution to the Transitional Age Youth program and the In-N-Out Burger Foundation, the Maurice J. Masserini Trust, and the Pacific Life Foundation for their support of our Infants and Toddlers program. Many thanks also go to the San Diego County Board of Supervisors for a grant for street banners to spread awareness. Finally, VFC is grateful to the Lawyers’ Club of San Diego, whose gift is providing enriching activities and lifelong memories for foster children through VFC’s Children’s Assistance Fund. In Riverside County, boys and girls in foster care have a chance at a brighter future thanks to recent gifts from the BetterWorld Trust, the In-N-Out Burger Foundation, the Bluebird Legacy Foundation, the City of Indio, and Walmart. In addition, VFC is honored to be the recipient of grants from the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office and the County of Riverside’s Community Improvement Designation Fund. This incredible support and commitment to VFC’s mission to transform the lives of foster children makes our important work possible, and we are so thankful.

Happily, Violet’s aunt was able to adopt her niece and the two visited California recently to finalize the adoption! While they were in town, CASA Emily was able to visit with them. She shared, “It was amazing being able to see her again and in much better circumstances! I cannot thank you enough for the incredible opportunity I had being her CASA!” VOICES FOR CHILDREN

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While the primary role of a CASA is as ‘advocate,’ our volunteers often get to take their case children on outings and give them the opportunity to “just be a kid.”

Fun Without Faces

Our “Fun Without Faces” photo series allows us to share photos of our foster youth while still protecting their privacy. We enjoy receiving photos from our CASAs of their case child(ren) exploring new places and trying new activities. Because of our incredible partnerships with museums, businesses, and organizations, our CASAs and their case kiddos are often able to receive free or discounted admission to local attractions!

(Clockwise, from top left): CASA Valerie took this photo of her case child at Legoland’s SEA LIFE Aquarium; CASA Sharon and her case youth enjoyed the sunshine on their recent outing; foster youth took in the beautiful views at Balboa Park; CASA Leon had fun playing different instruments with his case child at the Museum of Making Music.

TOGETHER, WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK | APRIL 15 – 21 Join us as we celebrate the dedication of our CASA volunteers, and to learn more about what they do each and every day to speak up on behalf of foster youth who need a voice.

NATIONAL FOSTER CARE MONTH | MAY Each May, Voices for Children joins organizations across the nation to celebrate National Foster Care Month by raising awareness of the needs of children in foster care and to celebrate the dedication of those who support them.

KPBS SPRING MEMBER DRIVE | JUNE This summer, listen to KPBS to hear from Voices for Children leadership and CASA volunteers during the June member drive. Through an exciting partnership with the station, we will be raising funds to support foster children through the life-changing advocacy of CASAs. For every donation made to KPBS, a generous donor will give to Voices for Children. Tune in to learn more about Voices for Children and to help support the important work of our CASA volunteers.

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BOARD MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

ANN DYNES

2017–2018

Q: How did you get involved with Voices for Children? A: : I learned about the organization long ago from my dear friend Judith McConnell, then Presiding Juvenile Court Judge, and her friend, Kathryn Ashworth, one of the Co-founders of Voices for Children. When I retired in 2007, I was looking for meaningful things to do that would fit my skill-set and signed up to become a CASA. I went through the interview process at Voices, but then-Board members Susan McClellan and Robin Stark recognized my name and non-profit experience, and I was instead asked to join the Board. Q: Why have you continued to be involved? A: I have a genetic disposition to want to make a positive difference in the lives of people and organizations and I feel that I do that at Voices. I had previously been under the impression that children in the foster care system were troubled kids when, in fact, they have just been born in to the wrong family circumstances. I love that we are helping to make many of their lives better. Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background. A: I was recruited to San Diego by a large law firm as its first female attorney in 1970. Thereafter, I went to work for a firm client, San Diego Trust & Savings Bank, where I formed its legal department in 1975. The bank was sold in 1994, and I spent time serving as the volunteer President of the Board of the San Diego Community Foundation, now the San Diego Foundation, during a time when it needed rebuilding. I then heard about a new position at UCSD for a Campus Counsel and was selected for that position after a nationwide search. I spent ten great years there and learned a lot about the public sector, which helps a lot with my current nonprofit commitments. My husband, Bob, and I live in a coastal condo in La Jolla, and we love to travel, cook, and golf together. Q: What have you found rewarding about serving with Voices for Children? A: It is always a joy when I am asked about my involvements, that absolutely everyone responds with complete respect for Voices for Children and the work we do. I am so blessed to have been asked to become involved. But the real reward, of course, is the success stories which we learn about all of the time, where a kid is successfully launched from distress to a better life thanks to a CASA who paid attention to him or her. I want to hug every one of these wonderful human beings for undertaking such an important commitment.

Ways to Give

DONATE

Our CASAs are ordinary men and women, from all ages and backgrounds, who have stepped up to do extraordinary things. Only because of your incredible support are able to recruit, train, and supervise volunteer CASAs in San Diego and Riverside Counties to advocate for a foster child’s best interest. Setting up a monthly, quarterly, or annual gift is an easy and convenient way to make a difference year-round for foster youth. Contact your bank about a recurring, automatic payment, or visit our secure online donation page and choose “I would like my gift to recur.”

Visit www.speakupnow.org and donate today.

Jill Skrezyna, Chair William B. Sailer, Esq., Vice Chair Ann Parode Dynes, Esq., Secretary Ted Tchang, Treasurer Mary Benirschke Rochelle Bold, Esq. Annette Bradbury Nancy Banning Doyle Gina Ellis Lisette Farrell P. Randolph Finch, Jr., Esq. AnneElise Goetz, Esq. Jennifer Greenfield The Hon. Susan D. Huguenor (Ret) Erbin Keith, Esq. Richard Kintz, Esq. George Lai Kristen Livingston Andrea Payne Moser Jennifer O’Connell Dick Pfister, CAIA® Katie Sullivan Haeyoung Kong Tang, Ph.D. Donald E. Willis Lise N. Wilson, Esq. Dale E. Yahnke, CFA, CFP® John Valencia, President & CEO

COMMUNITY AMBASSADORS COUNCIL Lauree Sahba, Chair Kathryn F. Ashworth, Esq. David Bruce Holly Bruce Vicky Carlson Mindy Fletcher Mark Gleiberman Patricia Hughes Craig A. Irving Dave Jackson Jimmy Janacek Yolanda Janacek Richard Kelley David Marino Patsy Marino Marina Marrelli Susan McClellan Julian Parra Claire Reiss Sheryl Scarano Cecil H. Steppe Pamela S. Wygod David Zeiger Alex Zikakis Lany Zikakis

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EVENTS

NORDSTROM GALA On Tuesday, October 10, 2017, Nordstrom held an Opening Gala to celebrate the newly relocated store in La Jolla at Westfield UTC. Voices for Children was honored to be a charity beneficiary of the gala, which raised $140,000 to support programs helping local foster children. At the preview event, more than 1,400 attendees enjoyed fashion presentations of the season’s newest looks, and were among the first to shop the new 145,000 sq. ft. store before it opened to the public. Patsy and David Marino served as honorary Gala Co-Chairs on behalf of Voices for Children. The VFC Committee included: Michele Arthur, Patricia Brutten, Robin Carrier, Katherine Chapin, Becca Craig, Gina Ellis, Lisette Farrell, Jennifer Greenfield, Jennifer Millrood, Jill Skrezyna, Katie Sullivan, and Yolanda Selene Walther-Meade.

(Clockwise from top left, l-r): Co-chairs Patsy and David Marino; guests entering the new store; Heidi and Michael Gianni; VFC Board Member Lisette Farrell (center) with friends; Co-chairs Patsy and David Marino, five members of the Nordstrom family, past VFC Interim CEO David Bialis, VFC Board Chair Jill Skrezyna

ANNUAL JUDGES’ LUNCHEON On February 5, Voices for Children held our annual Judges’ Luncheon for our dedicated supporters at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. We were honored to hear from The Honorable Kimberlee A. Lagotta, Presiding Judge for San Diego Superior Court Juvenile Division, who spoke about the vital role CASA volunteers play in advocating for the rights and well-being of children living in the foster care system. In addition, former foster youth Destiny shared how CASA Holly helped her become the vibrant young woman she is today. In attendance were many of the County’s juvenile dependency court judges, who work so hard on behalf of children in the foster care system. (Clockwise from top left, l-r): City of San Diego Councilmember Chris Cate - District 6; VFC Board Member Haeyoung Kong Tang; The Hon. Kimberlee Lagotta, Destiny; VFC Board Members Annette Bradbury, Nancy Doyle, George Lai; County Supervisor Ron Roberts - District 4, The Hon. Peter C. Deddeh, The Hon. Carolyn Caietti, VFC Board Chair Jill Skrezyna

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Upcoming Events WINE WOMEN & SHOES May 12, 2018 Del Mar Plaza Rooftop Deck Join co-chairs Patricia Brutten and Marina Marrelli for a Saturday afternoon of fun, fashion, and fine wine at the 7th annual Wine Women & Shoes benefiting Voices for Children! Taking place at the Del Mar Plaza, guests will enjoy a stunning fashion show, sample premium wines, savor delectable bites, shop the fashion marketplace, and compete for “Best in Shoe.” The exciting live auction will offer irresistible items and unique experiences, with additional opportunities to win the “Key to the Closet,” or choose from our “Wall of Wine.” Be there. Be giving. Be fabulous!

All proceeds from Voices for Children special events support our mission to transform the lives of children living in San Diego County foster care. For information about event sponsorships and tickets, please contact Jan Kaplan at (858) 598-2216 or email events@speakupnow.org.

VOLUNTEER INFORMATION SESSIONS Learn more about the CASA program and what it takes to become a CASA

SAN DIEGO COUNTY

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

APRIL Friday, April 6 12-1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 25 6-7:30 p.m.

APRIL Monday, April 9 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17 12-1:30 p.m.

Riverside Temecula Palm Desert

MAY Saturday, May 5 10-11:30 a.m. Friday, May 18 12-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 23 6-7:30 p.m.

MAY Tuesday, May 1 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 8 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 17 12-1:30 p.m.

Riverside Temecula Palm Desert

JUNE Thursday, June 7 6:00-7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 16 10:00-11:30 a.m. Friday, June 22 12:00-1:30 p.m.

JUNE Tuesday, June 5 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 6 12-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 12 6-7:30 p.m.

Riverside Palm Desert Temecula

JULY Saturday, July 14 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 14 12-1:30 p.m.

JULY Monday, July 9 12-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 10 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 11 6-7:30 p.m.

Palm Desert Temecula Riverside

AUGUST Wednesday, August 1 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 7 12-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 14 6-7:30 p.m.

Riverside Palm Desert Temecula

AUGUST Wednesday, August 1 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, August 17 12-1:30 p.m. Saturday, August 25 3:30-5:00 p.m

Register online for a session in either county at www.speakupnow.org

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September 29, 2018

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