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Court Appointed Special Advocates of Santa Cruz County
October 3, 2012

I had three foster children beginning in 1998. My first a teenage girl, freshman in high school. She was shipped in between 5 foster homes. I stayed with her four years.She did graduated from high school and is now a wonderful mother of 3.My second child was placed in a group care home at the age of 6 (couldn't believe it). I was with her for a little over a year. She was adopted by wonderful people. Last but not least is a young boy who was about 7 when we got together. His parents both had drug problems, mother gone, father jailed. He was adopted by a wonderful family. I am still with him even though he is adopted. His new parents asked if I could stay on with him and I am so happy to do so. All of my kids gave me much more than I gave them. Only reason I am not an active CASA now is I'm so actively involved in my last child's life.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

protecting children who are in the foster care system

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I really can't add to what they already do

More feedback

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

again, very satisfied

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

profound effect. I learned to focus through court reports, opened my mind to different cultures, became less judgmental, learned how to balance my ego..it is about the children..we weren't there to save them we were there to advocate for them, protect them

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

most satisfying thing I have done, that includes my paid professional life.

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Advocate.