Paul Gibson will discuss Friends of Foster Children, which(c) 3 non-profit, volunteer organization founded in 1976 to enhance the quality of life for abused, abandoned and neglected children in the San Gabriel Valley at the Fall Conference of the Sierra Mar District of Business and Professional Women on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 2009 S. Garfield Avenue, Monterey Park.
Gibson, who will be the morning speaker, volunteers with Friends of Foster Children, which provides goods, volunteer services and financial support to foster children living in residential treatment centers and emancipated youth. Friends of Foster Children has no paid staff and no facility so less than 6 percent of their annual budget is spent on operating costs. 94 percent of every donated dollar is applied to the children’s needs according to the groups press release. He will let attendees know how they can be involved.
The afternoon speaker will be Rosemary Enzer, who is a volunteer with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). Enzer has volunteered with CASA for the past eight years working with children and teenagers in the foster care system. She has also served as a Peer Coordinator, mentoring new CASAs and as a speaker at outreach recruiting meetings
CASA helps to improve the lives of children in the dependency system by pairing them with trained advocates who advocate, support, investigate, report and recommend solutions for the children. CASA is often the sole consistent adult anchor in the child’s life—and an adult who is not paid to care about her—and remains at the child’s side to ensure that she receives the services that she needs and deserves. This program also needs volunteers and will provide training for those involved.