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October 30, 2012 > Child Advocates hires Scussel as CEO

Child Advocates hires Scussel as CEO

Submitted By Jerry Fontanares

"Every child needs and deserves a caring adult to support and guide them in creating their future."- Karen Scussel, Executive Director

On October 17, 2012, Child Advocates of Silicon Valley hired Karen Scussel as Executive Director. Karen has an extensive background with Child Advocates since 2000, serving as Interim Executive Director, Interim Director of Programs, Interim Director of Volunteer Services, Member of Board of Directors, Advocate Supervisor, and Advocate volunteer. Ms. Scussel has advocated for fourteen foster children, ranging in age from 3 to 19. She also has 27 years of hi-tech experience working at Agilent and Hewlett-Packard.

"Karen's passion for children is extraordinary and she brings a wide range of experience and depth to Child Advocates," said Presiding Judge Tondreau, Santa Clara County Superior Court Juvenile Division.

Child Advocates of Silicon Valley recruits, trains and supports Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) who serve the needs of children in the foster care system by providing a powerful, independent voice for the child. Founded in 1986 by Judge Leonard Edwards and a community volunteer, Child Advocates of Silicon Valley works in partnership with the Santa Clara County Juvenile Dependency Court, one of only a few recognized model courts in the United States.

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