Leaving a Legacy


Barbara Cooper grew up in England during World War II - one of the 800,000 children sent away from their homes to protect them from aerial bombing raids. While it meant that Barbara had to be separated from her family in Bristol, west of London, it also meant she was safe.

Until her passing in 2017, Barbara opened her heart to reach beyond her extended family and touch the lives of children in foster care, because she understood what it felt like to be separated from her family as a child.

Barbara and her husband, Ken Ravenna, have been long-time contributors to National CASA. In honor of his late wife, Ken recently established The Barbara Cooper Fund to enable National CASA to create an internship program for youth transitioning out of foster care. The program is designed to provide critical work experience for these young adults, while improving their job prospects.