Keeping the Promise
Pamela Joyner, Speaker of the California Assembly Karen Bass, Michael Piraino
Pamela Joyner, Speaker of the California Assembly Karen Bass, Michael Piraino

The National CASA Association and Honorary Chairs Jennifer Seibel Newsom, Riccardo Benavides, Alison Carlson, Pamela Joyner and Junior Chair Taylor Carlson recently held a reception at the home of Pamela Joyner and Fred Giuffrida to celebrate the launch of the CASA “Keeping the Promise” Campaign.

Katherine Keller, Vincent Gold, Jenny Gold
Katherine Keller, Vincent Gold, Jenny Gold
 Karen Bass, Michael Piraino, Assembly Member Kathleen Galgiani
Karen Bass, Michael Piraino, Assembly Member Kathleen Galgiani

April is National Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month. The aim of CASA is to raise awareness of the over 1,800 abused and neglected children currently residing in temporary foster and group homes in San Francisco, and to motivate concerned citizens to help these children by becoming foster parents, adoptive parents or volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates.

They are highly committed to producing an event that is professional, respectful and an appropriate use of resources as important as City Hall Plaza and Union Square.

Anna Sanchez, Carlos Felix (Consul General of Mexico), Sonia Felix
Anna Sanchez, Carlos Felix (Consul General of Mexico), Sonia Felix

National CASA will place in City Hall Plaza, and then in Union Square, 1,800 life-size displays of children as an exhibit to represent the 1,800 abused and neglected children currently in foster care in the Bay Area. Each child will be holding a placard with a message, taken from actual quotes of foster youth, and a call to action. Five versions will be produced to illustrate the diversity of children in foster care and the over-representation of children of color in foster care. These child displays will provide a powerful backdrop for media interviews.

This is a duplication of an event the organization successfully produced at the Washington Monument in Washington, DC, and in Columbus Circle in New York City.

Anna Ewins, Romy Brenner, Claudia Ross
Anna Ewins, Romy Brenner, Claudia Ross
Michael Hughes, Christina Hughes, Pat Bresee, Bruce Bess
Michael Hughes, Christina Hughes, Pat Bresee, Bruce Bess
Alison Carlson, Laurie Grayson
Alison Carlson, Laurie Grayson
Riccardo Benavides, Jim Clune
Riccardo Benavides, Jim Clune
Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Pamela Joyner
Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Pamela Joyner

Sonia Felix, Riccardo Benavides, Daru Kawalkowski, Carlos Felix

Sonia Felix, Riccardo Benavides, Daru Kawalkowski, Carlos Felix

Photos: Drew Altizer [drewaltizer.com]