When a friend took Moe Rubenzahl to a Board meeting of Child Advocates of Silicon Valley he immediately liked what he saw: an organization training people to become court appointed special advocates for a foster child. After serving on the board for three years Moe took the next step and became a Court Appointed Special Advocate for a foster child – or CASA – himself.
Moe now meets regularly with a 10 year old boy whom he calls by the alias John in this interview to maintain his privacy. They have fun together on weekends when Moe and John head for the park or an animal shelter or Moe takes him out for dinner. Moe also accompanies John to family court appointments to advocate for John’s interest in the proceedings.
Like all CASAs Moe provides a steady and reliable presence in the life of a child, somebody John can count on has only his best interest in mind.
Providing Reliable Support
When asked what the most important characteristic of a good CASA is Moe does not hesitate: “you have to be reliable. If you promise to be there on Saturday at 4 pm, then you have to be there on Saturday at 4 pm.” For many foster kids, who find themselves in very difficult and stressful situations due to no fault of their own, the CASA is the first adult whom they can count on to reliably be there for them.
Child Advocates is a terrific program and a great option for people who want to make a difference in the life of a child but can’t commit to being foster parents themselves.
- Child Advocates of Silicon Valley can be found here: www.cadvocates.org
- For information about open houses and volunteering you can go directly here.
- Check out some of the many success stories of the CASA program here
- The National Child Advocate Organization can be found here