(Above: Dr. Nancy Kotowski, County Superintendent of Schools and MCOE Board of Education President, Ron Panziera present a resolution to Linda Fosler, Executive Director of Voices for Children CASA of Monterey County and her team. Also present to recognize the team is Christine Lerable from Social Services.)
The Monterey County Office of Education and Board of Education showcased four extraordinary foster care organizations on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, in recognition of their support of foster children and youth to grow and thrive. Voices for Children CASA, Peacock Acres, Door to Hope, and The Epicenter told their mission, success stories, and personal connections to the foster care children and youth in Monterey County. Two high school students who have been in foster care shared their emotional stories of experiencing numerous home placements and overcoming obstacles as they found self-confidence and success.
“It was touching to hear the ways words of discouragement or words of hope so greatly impacted the lives of the two students who shared with us today,” said Dr. Nancy Kotowski, County Superintendent of Schools. “All of the organizations recognized create a family-like network of support foster students so desperately need. The Monterey County Office of Education is honored to work with them and others to ensure these students to have happy, healthy, and successful lives.”
MCOE Board of Education President, Ron Panziera presents resolution to Kathy Burrola, Clinical Director and Youth Mentor Coordinator, Patterson Emesibe of Door to Hope.
Teressa Jimenez, Director of Development and Jasmine Flanagan, Therapeutic Learning Center Educational Coordinator from Peacock Acres share their mission and success stories with the crowd.
Cynthia, a foster youth assisted by Peacock Acres shares her emotional journey through the foster care system and her plans for the future.
Gary Vincent, Executive Director of The Epicenter listens to Rosa Anaya, Youth Advocte Intern for The Epicenter and a foster youth share her experiences in the foster care system and the self-confidence she has found with support from The Epicenter.