by JENNIFER FRAKES | photos by Alicia Jeanne Photography

Speaking Up for Children

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Carl Kloss, Jr. believes all children deserve a voice, someone who will be their advocate, mentor, and friend. Carl is a Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) through San Diego County’s Voices for Children, working with local foster children and making a profound difference in their lives. CASAs are officially appointed by a juvenile court judge, authorizing them to make independent recommendations to the court on behalf of the foster children. “CASAs also serve as mentors for the foster children – meeting them, developing a trusting relationship with them, giving advice, and taking them on outings such as sporting events, theme parks, etc.,” explained Carl, whose greatest reward is seeing the children he works with progress in life, stay out of trouble, and succeed in their goals.

Carl found Voices for Children while looking for a meaningful volunteer pursuit and felt that becoming a CASA would be a great fit for him. “My wife and I were temporary foster parents years ago. I truly believe that CASAs make a difference in the lives of foster children. I wish that there was a CASA for every foster child in San Diego County,” stated Carl. He encourages all those interested in becoming a CASA and/or supporting Voices for Children to visit www.speakupnow.org. “Voices for Children has several fundraisers throughout the year that are great opportunities to help out and learn more about the work of the organization. Also, the first step to becoming a CASA is to attend an information session. Details about these sessions are on the website,” related Carl.

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Name: Carl Kloss, Jr.
Community: Carlsbad
Volunteer Affiliation: CASA with Voices for Children
Family: Wife, two grown daughters, and six grandchildren
Hobbies: Reading, basketball, tennis, skiing, bodysurfing, movies, and dining out


Before moving to Carlsbad nearly 11 years ago, Carl and his wife had a vacation condo in the area that they visited for 16 years. When they made the decision to make a permanent move to the community, they knew it was the right choice for their retirement. “Carlsbad is a well-managed, small city with many volunteers and retirees. I also love how accessible the ocean is to us,” said this beach-loving body surfer. Carl also enjoys spending time with his two grown daughters and six grandchildren, playing basketball and tennis and dining out with his wife of 46 years. Prior to retirement, Carl worked as an engineer who integrated scientific instruments onto spacecraft. “The Jet Propulsion Laboratory sent these spacecraft to Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune,” stated Carl.

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Group: Voices for Children
Mission: Voices for Children transforms the lives of abused children in San Diego County by providing them with volunteer Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs). We believe that every child deserves a safe and permanent home, and to that end, will review and monitor every court file in the system, provide a CASA to every child in the foster care system who needs one, and advocate to improve the lives of San Diego County’s foster children.
Website: www.speakupnow.org