Milpitas nonprofit launches plan to support foster youth

The Mercury News | May 14, 2023

By: Anne Gelhaus

Child Advocates of Silicon Valley last month announced its strategic plan for fiscal years 2024–2026. The Milpitas-based nonprofit provides resources for youth in the foster care system.

“We aim to advocate for a responsive, equitable service system for all child-welfare involved families, children and youth in our county,” Frederick J. Ferrer, CEO of Child Advocates of Silicon Valley, said in a statement. “The overrepresentation of Latino children in the system is proof that our work goes beyond child welfare; this is also a social justice issue that requires thoughtful reform and advocacy.”

Child Advocates brought board members, staff and consultants from MIG, Inc. together to develop the three-year plan, which prioritizes reaching every youth, serving deeply and effectively, and advocating for all.

These priorities will guide our work … bringing us steps closer to making our vision a reality: every foster child thriving,” Ferrer said.

The nonprofit launched its new strategic plan at an April 27 event where Milpitas Mayor Carmen Montano and Vice Mayor Evelyn Chua presented Ferrer with a commendation for his leadership. Assemblymember Ash Kalara presented Child Advocates with a certificate of recognition for its outstanding community service.

“I really love this program because it really helps kids that have gone through (difficult) experiences in life, through no control of their own,” Montano said. “I know that Child Advocates of Silicon Valley is there to help.”

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