As a Court Appointed Special Advocate, Linda Freeman Makes a Difference in the Lives of Foster Children
Linda Freeman discovered Voices for Children, the organization that recruits, trains, and supervises Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) volunteers, after she retired from her career in information systems. A longtime volunteer for the Girl Scouts of America, she was looking for a new volunteer opportunity that would still involve assisting and guiding young people. “I was particularly interested in working with teenagers who would be aging out of the foster care system. The Voices for Children organization advocates for the well-being of foster children and offered the exact experience I was looking for – helping children in a meaningful way. I attended an information session, completed their training program, and was very quickly assigned to a foster child as her CASA,” related Linda. A CASA is a volunteer that is assigned to one or more foster children in order to advocate on their behalf. According to Linda, they ensure that their foster child’s physical, emotional, medical, and academic needs are being met, as well as providing objective information to the court so that appropriate decisions can be made regarding the lives of each foster child. As Linda points out, a CASA is often the only consistent adult presence in the life of a foster child.
Name: Linda Freeman
Community: Rancho Bernardo
Volunteer Affiliation: CASA, Community Outreach Volunteer with Voices for Children
Profession: Retired IS Director
Family: Married to Bob Freeman for 33 years. Three daughters, two son-in-laws, and two granddaughters
Hobbies: Travel, sewing, reading, playing bridge, walking
Over the last three years, Linda has developed a special relationship with her case child. “It is so rewarding to see her growing up into a competent and self-advocating young woman. The teenage years are always challenging and even more so when you’re a foster child. It is tremendously gratifying to help a teenager feel more secure and confident during years of change and turmoil,” revealed Linda, who is also a volunteer for the Voices for Children Community Outreach team. This team is a crucial part of the organization that raises awareness about foster children and their needs. They also recruit new volunteers. Linda encourages anyone who is interested in becoming a CASA to attend one of the 90-minute information sessions to be held on July 8, 13, and 25.
In Linda’s spare time, she loves spending time with her husband Bob, her daughters, and granddaughters. “We enjoy taking our granddaughters out for adventures in local parks, trying new restaurants and walking the various neighbors and trails in the area,” said Linda. Traveling, reading, sewing, and playing bridge also top this busy volunteer’s list of favorite pastimes.
Group: Voices for Children
Mission: Every child deserves a safe and permanent home. The Voices for Children organization endeavors to provide a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) to every child in the foster care system who needs one. The organization and its CASAs advocate to improve the lives of San Diego County’s foster children.
Phone: 858-598-2230 for volunteer inquiries