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A Life Of Pain And Hope — Former San Diego Foster Care Children Speak Out

Evening Edition

Aired 1/13/14 on KPBS Midday Edition.


Sharon Lawrence, CEO, Voices for Children

Rosie and Candace, former foster care children, members of The Real Word


Giving foster children something to hold on to — that's what a local group says their CASA program offers children, These CASA's or court-appointed special advocates are volunteers at Voices for Children. They represent the interests of a child in foster care. Now, some of those grown-up children are speaking out about the difference their CASA has made in their lives.

Both Candace and Rosie belong to The Real Word, a group of young people who have lived or live in the foster care system in San Diego County. They share their stories at speaking engagements throughout the county with the goal of educating the community about the realities of foster care and how to play a role in improving the system.

Candace entered foster care at age 11, along with her four brothers. They were removed from a neglectful home after suffering years of physical and emotional abuse.

Rosie entered foster care when she was just 3 years old but didn't get a CASA until she was 12. She says being in foster care made her feel unloved, lost and unwanted. But her CASA changed that. Rosie says her CASA volunteer taught her she was important and that her life could be so much different than the lives her parents lived.

Find out how you can make a difference in a foster care child's life through Voices for Children.

To attend the next Real Word speakers panel visit Voices For Children at this link.


Voices for Children

Candace and her brothers, CASA

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