Saratoga resident sworn in as Court Appointed Special Advocate

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Saratogan is CASA volunteer

Saratoga resident Wee-lee Lim was among 22 volunteers sworn in March 7 as Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) through Child Advocates of Silicon Valley, a Milpitas-based nonprofit. The swearing-in ceremony, presided over by Judge Shawna Schwarz, capped a training process where the volunteers learned 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.

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 identify as male or LGBTQ. To register for volunteer training, visit https://childadvocatessv.org/volunteer.

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