The Real Word
Voices for Children’s “Real Word” is the only speakers panel of its kind in the National CASA Association network. The Real Word is comprised of four courageous young people who currently live or have lived in San Diego County foster care after being abused, neglected, or abandoned by their parents or care givers. At their presentations, The Real Word panelists are open and forthright about their experiences in foster care, such as what it’s like to move from home to home, how it feels to be separated from siblings, and how they coped in the face of adversity.
The Real Word panel is trained and supervised by Voices for Children and they’ve spoken both locally and nationally about life in the dependency system, and have been inspired by the caring support of the volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) assigned to them by Voices for Children. CASAs advocate for a foster child or sibling group in court, in school, and in the community, and are responsible for countless successes and positive outcomes in the lives of at-risk foster youth. The Real Word provides an educational, eye-opening experience that both celebrates CASA volunteers and communicates the vital need for more volunteer advocates in San Diego County.
All events are free but a limited number of seats are available. Upcoming Real Word panels include:
Tuesday, April 28
6 to 7:30 p.m.
Encinitas Community Center – 1140 Oakcrest Park Dr., Encinitas, CA 92024
This special panel is hosted by County Supervisor Dave Roberts, Third District, and is open to the public. Click here to register.
Wednesday, May 27
6 to 7:30 p.m.
San Diego New Central Library – 330 Park Blvd, Shiley Room 9th Floor
This panel is open to the public. Click here to register.
Please help us educate the community about the serious issues surrounding San Diego County’s abused and neglected children. To schedule a Real Word presentation for your group, please contact Sabrina Goosby at SabrinaG@speakupnow.org or call 858-598-2205.