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July 30, 2013 > Child Advocates named finalist in nonprofit challenge

Child Advocates named finalist in nonprofit challenge

Submitted By Jerry Fontanares

"Every child needs and deserves a caring adult to support and guide them in creating their future."
- Karen Scussel, Executive Director

On July 22, 2013, Child Advocates of Silicon Valley was selected as a top 10 finalist in the CDFI (Community Development Financial Institution) Challenge for California Nonprofits.

Despite tremendous wealth and opportunity in Silicon Valley, over 1300 children are removed from their homes each year due to abuse and neglect. Child Advocates of Silicon Valley recruits, trains and supports Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) who provides children in the Santa Clara County foster care system with a powerful, independent voice. Our volunteers spend time with a child and become a trusted friend, mentor, and consistent adult presence. Child Advocates support approximately 600 of the 1300 foster children in Santa Clara County; however, our goal is to provide every foster child in our community with a CASA by 2018.

You can help us achieve this goal by voting for Child Advocates' story in the CDFI contest at The contest starts July 23, 2013.Votes may be cast once daily throughout the Public Voting phase of the contest until August 11th, at which time voting will be closed. Clearinghouse CDFI will announce the $10,000 nonprofit winner during the week of August 12, 2013.

Find out more about the CASA program at

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