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Speaker's Bureau

The Orange County Blue Ribbon Commission on Children in Foster Care, Chaired by Presiding Juvenile Court Judge Maria D. Hernandez has launched a Speakers Bureau to raise awareness and public understanding of child welfare and foster care issues in Orange County. The Speakers Bureau is comprised of practitioners with expertise on various areas in the child welfare system and includes judges, social workers, attorneys, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs), former foster youth, and representatives from the Orange County Health Care Agency, the Department of Education, the Public Defender’s Office, the Probation Department, the Orangewood Foundation, and The Children and Families Commission.

The speakers represent a wealth of knowledge on issues impacting foster care in Orange County, and can speak to organizations and community groups on topics such as: The role of Juvenile Court, child abuse and endangerment, child and adolescent mental health issues, educational advocacy, foster youth services, the role of CASA, juvenile dependency law, and juvenile delinquency law.

To take advantage of the Blue Ribbon Commission Speakers Bureau, please contact Lisa Cogbill, Executive Assistant to the Presiding Judge of Juvenile Court at (657) 622-5502, and provide the name of your organization; contact information; the date, time and place of the event; the estimated attendance; length of presentation, and topic.

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