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.

Upcoming Real Word panels include: Monday, March 16, from 6 to 8 pm, in Kearny Mesa. This special panel is exclusively for CASAs and their case teens (age 13 and up). Voices for Children will host a panel that’s open to the public on Wednesday, May 27, from 6 to 7:30 pm at the Central Library. Both events are free but a limited number of seats are available. To register for the March 16 panel, click here. To register for the May 27 panel, click here.

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 or call 858-598-2205.