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Making a Difference With San Diego’s Voices for Children

Posted by: kateg 2 years, 12 months ago


San Diego is a wonderful place to raise a family, according to the real estate experts at Movoto. However, there are plenty of children from Oceanside to Otay Mesa who aren’t as fortunate as the average Southern California family. San Diego’s foster care system strives to provide resources for thousands of children who need a helping hand, but once a child enters into the system, it can be difficult (or impossible) for them to advocate for the resources that they need to grow up as healthy, well-adjusted citizens.

That’s why Voices for Children was founded in 1980. Over the decades, the private nonprofit group has overseen the training of thousands of Court Appointed Special Advocates, known as CASAs, who have helped huge numbers of children up and down San Diego County as well as Riverside County (since 2015). With a goal of providing a CASA to every single foster child who needs one, Voices for Children is one of the biggest and most effective advocacy groups in the area.

“I became a CASA in 2015 because I wanted to change the world in a positive way, and what better way than to help children who need a voice,” says Kate Gillingham Milke, a real estate agent at Coronado Island Realty. “It’s been a challenging yet hugely rewarding experience.”

CASAs create a voice for the voiceless and give the San Diego community a great opportunity to make a difference in a child’s life. They generally spend 10-15 hours per month with their current foster child, but even this gift of time can reap huge rewards for the children.

Having a trained, nurturing advocate boosts every child’s chances of success immensely. In fact, foster children who work with CASAs are much more likely to succeed in school, graduate, and be able to live independently as adults. There are no shortage of success stories, but ongoing success means ongoing commitments from new CASAs each year. With an average of 5,000 San Diego children going through foster care every year, it’s crucial that the community continue to rally around this important cause.

If you live in San Diego and want to learn more about becoming a CASA, visit the Voices for Children website at



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