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CASA volunteers connect military service to Voices For Children's mission

SAN DIEGO – For Veterans Day, Voices for Children, an organization that recruits and trains caring volunteers, known as Court Appointed Special Advocates to provide guidance and support services for youth in foster care is honoring its CASA volunteers who have served in the armed forces, including José from San Diego County.

From being called to serve at a young age to applying their life skills and dedicating their time to support children in foster care, they are dedicated CASAs who have been making an impact since joining Voices for Children.

José, a San Diego County resident became a CASA in 2018 after hearing about the organization on KPBS Radio. With unwavering commitment, José has served as a guiding light for five case children within the child welfare system, embodying the essence of mentorship and positive influence. He takes the discipline instilled in him during his 20 years of service in the U.S. Marine Corps and demonstrates to his assigned youth that he is there to help, meet their needs and treat them with respect. One of José's most impactful moments was visiting his case child after the child had reunited with his family successfully.

"Seeing the entire sibling group back together was incredibly rewarding. The child appreciates everything I do for him, and the mother appreciates that I have been a positive male role model. I feel honored to have helped guide a child's future," CASA José said.

Throughout his journey as a CASA, José has exhibited remarkable dedication to the well-being and growth of the children under his care. He was trained to be prepared for anything and overcome every obstacle in front of him with a fighting spirit, and it certainly makes him a fierce advocate and a constant presence for a child who is navigating change and uncertainty.

Beyond fulfilling his role as an advocate, he is a remarkable role model for youth. José's ability to connect with and inspire these young individuals is commendable. His compassionate and patient approach has helped children facing challenging circumstances to see opportunities that might have otherwise gone unnoticed. By fostering a sense of belonging and guidance, he has restored hope and built a brighter future for those he serves.

To learn more about becoming a CASA or donating to the program, visit http://speakupnow.org.

Submitted by Voices For Children.

 

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