Four Campbell residents sworn in as Court Appointed Special Advocates

CASA volunteers sworn in

Four Campbell residents were sworn in March 7 as Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) through Child Advocates of Silicon Valley, a Milpitas-based nonprofit.

Philiam Boyer, Molly Buck, Taylor Kaul and Ute Ren were among 22 volunteers who completed a training process to learn how to serve as the go-between for children in the foster care system and court officials.

More than 60% of foster youth currently waiting for a CASA volunteer live outside of Santa Clara County, although their case is with the Santa Clara County Dependency Court.

“Our agency is grateful that so many individuals are committed to making an impact on the lives of foster youth, near or far,” said Frederick J. Ferrer, CEO of Child Advocates.

Volunteer training consisted of 30 hours of self-paced courses and presentations, both online and in person, that covered topics like child development, the dependency court system and inclusionary practices.

Child Advocates is looking for CASA volunteers who are bilingual Spanish-speakers, or who indentify as male or LGBTQ. To register for volunteer training, visit

Rebuilding Day sign-ups

Volunteer sign-ups are open for Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley’s National Rebuilding Day on Saturday, April 29.

In addition to helping with home maintenance and repairs for low-income residents, volunteers are needed in Rebuilding Together’s warehouse on Rebuilding Day from 3-7 p.m.. to help unload and sort project materials as they are returned.

Rebuilding Together is also seeking volunteer photographers to take pictures of the work and the workers at various project sites.

Sign-ups are open until April 10 at


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