In late summer 2017, San Francisco County Superior Court Judge Nancy Davis “swore-in” a young black Labrador Retriever named Nemo. The dog will provide comfort and company to children coming through dependency court. The dog’s warm reception by court staff and their children was three years in the making when Judge Davis and SFCASA Executive Director Renee Espinoza began talks to form this unique partnership.

Over the years, Judge Davis has sworn-in more than a hundred CASA volunteers, trained to advocate in the interest of youth living in foster care. Now, after swearing-in CASA volunteers to serve as facility dog handlers, the family court and the youth it serves will have access to a service dog rooted in San Francisco County for many years to come.