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September 15, 2014
California CASA congratulates San Francisco CASA’s Gail Nebenzahl on being named California Volunteer of the Year!

Fourth generation San Franciscan Gail Nebenzahl was awarded the Governor’s California Volunteer of the Year Award at a ceremony in the Presidio this morning. Nebenzahl recently completed her service as a board member of SFCASA (San Francisco Court Appointed Special Advocates), after serving as a volunteer advocate. Since 2000, when Gail completed her 40 hours of training and was sworn in by a judge as a CASA, she has worked tirelessly to support the healthy development of children in foster care in San Francisco.

“Gail is the perfect role model of a committed California volunteer. She is not only deeply passionate about foster youth, she also wants to get more people involved in the issue she cares so much about. And she does all this with her trademark humility.” – Karen Baker, Chief Service Officer – California Volunteers.

SFCASA’s executive director Renee Espinoza also shared “Every youth needs a consistent, supportive adult and Gail not only provided that role for her own family, and for three youth in the foster care system, she also recruited countless volunteers and raised funds to ensure that SFCASA could provide that advocacy and mentoring for hundreds of foster youth each year.”

When told of the Award, Gail said “I’m always hesitant to share the story of the work I’ve done, not just because it needs to be kept confidential but because I’m dealing with real people that I care about. I believe everyone in the family I’ve worked with deserves respect and I’d never want them to think that I do this for accolades. At the same time I believe every child in foster care should have a CASA and for that to happen, I know we need to spread the word widely. Being a CASA is a wonderful, rich experience for the volunteer advocate, as well!”

A fourth generation San Franciscan, Gail holds a BS from the University of California, San Francisco and earned her MA in Anthropology from San Francisco State University at age 60. While raising three children with her husband Bernard, Gail worked as a dental hygienist for twenty nine years, was active in the integration of public schools, and marched in Civil Rights rallies. She has served on the Board of Cross Cultural Family Center, Jewish Family and Children’s Services, and Women’s Interfaith Dialogue on the Mideast.

San Francisco CASA is currently recruiting for new advocates, with information sessions held regularly in San Francisco’s Mission district. See the volunteer page for more information.

September 8, 2014
Join California CASA in congratulating Kim Davis on receiving the Santa Maria Women’s Network – Women of Spirit Award!

The Santa Maris Women’s Network, an organization designed to promote the professional and personal development of its members named CASAs Kim Davis among Four 2014 Women of Excellence awardees. Kim received the WOMEN OF SPIRIT AWARD. This award honors continuous dedication and a generosity of spirit. Nominees are women who give tirelessly in either a paid position or as a volunteer. Women in this category exude a special sense of mission in their field of work or giving. These women often dedicate their hearts to one particular cause and demonstrate a consistent and generous devotion to an endeavor. Check out the article.

September 3, 2014
On the September 3, 2014 edition of Your Call, Holly Kernan talks with current and former foster care youth about their experiences in care.

Highlights: Ka’Tina Jackson, a California CASA Curriculum Advisory Team member, speaks about the importance of CASA, and Renée Espinoza, Executive Director of San Francisco CASA, asks the panel about improving Extended Foster Care. Listen here: http://yourcallradio.org/

August 27, 2014
CalCASA Training of Trainers, Advocate Pride/LGBTQ and After 18 training being held at the CASA of Los Angeles location. Get more information on our Trainings & Events page.

August 20, 2014
We are very pleased to announce the 50th program to be a part of the CASA network in California. CASA of Tehama County is now up and running, with program manager Pam Hubbard at the helm. You may remember Pam in her role as program manager for CASA of Butte/Glenn. This program is under the umbrella of Northern Valley Catholic Social Services and will be a two county program: CASA of Shasta/Tehama. We are so very happy to have this program serving the children of Tehama County!

July 31, 2014
Check out the USA Today article Drawing Undocumented Immigrants Out of the Shadows which contains a quote from Phil Ladew of California CASA!

July 23, 2014
Join us in welcoming Cesar Navarrete to the CASA network! Cesar follows Kara Hunter as the new Executive Director of CASA of San Bernardino County.


California CASA Educational Summit
On May 15, 2014 in Oakland, CA, California CASA Association brought together 70 CASA volunteers, staff members, and community partners for an EDUCATIONAL SUMMIT to learn about the educational needs and rights of young people in the foster care system.

We asked attendees to reflect on the Summit and share with us their knowledge and experiences about the very important issue of educational equity and support for foster youth.


The California CASA Association would like to thank our funders for their support:

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Learn more on our Major Donors page.