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CASA of Monterey County improves the lives of children in the foster care system by pairing them with trained volunteers who advocate for them and stand by their side as stable adults they can count on.

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OUR OFFICE IS CURRENTLY CLOSED BUT WE ARE

WORKING REMOTELY!

CASA of Monterey County staff is here and working, just not from our traditional desks.

Please don’t hesitate to call or email, we’re happy to hear from you!

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WHY WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT NOW MORE THAN EVER.

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Was the approximate number of youth placed in Monterey County foster care system in 2019.

This number is expected to rise due to the unprecedented economic downturn resulting from COVID-19.  During the last economic crisis, an additional 2,761 children (2011 vs 2013) entered the California foster care system. 

COVID-19: BREWING OF A PERFECT STORM

  • In California, 40% of foster caregivers are relatives.  Many live in impoverished conditions, have lost jobs, and struggle to care for high-needs children with no respite or child-care. With children now spending 24/7 in homes caregivers are stressed, overburdened, and face increasing anxiety. 
  • Schools and day cares are closed, inhibiting mandated reporters from keeping in daily contact with our at-risk children. 
  • Social isolation creates a dangerous climate, ripe for the victimizing of children.
  • Foster youth, already traumatized by abuse, neglect, and separation, are further traumatized by today’s events, which can result in acting out due to increased feelings of lack of control and fear. 

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WHAT YOUR SUPPORT MEANS

  • For many foster children, their CASA support is the only constant outside the home during this pandemic. CASAs provide caring support and advocate for foster children who have already experienced abuse or neglect. On average, we have a minimum of 25 children waiting for a CASA of their own. Is now the time for you to become a CASA volunteer?
  • Your financial support is even more vital now than ever. Your generous donations allow us to continue to recruit, train, and support our amazing CASA volunteers to advocate for our foster children now, and the increase of youth we anticipate as result of this pandemic.

Other Ways to Give

Register for a Virtual CASA Information Session

VIDEO:  What role does a CASA play in a foster child’s life? Watch this video to learn more.

VIDEO:  Our communities pay a huge price when children are significantly neglected and abused.  Become a CASA volunteer and help vulnerable children heal, grow and become healthy, prosperous and productive adults.  You can make a difference.  The following short video from the Harvard University Center on the Developing Child talks about the importance of effective intervention and the significantly better, long-term outcomes in learning, health and parenting of our next generation.

OUR MISSION

To train and support community volunteers who advocate for abused or neglected children placed in foster care, upholding the children’s rights while pursuing a safe and permanent home.

UPCOMING EVENTS

CASA Info Session- Online, Mondays at 3:30 pm

July 20 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 3:30 pm on Monday, repeating until December 7, 2020

CASA Info Session- Online, Tuesday at 7 am

July 21 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 am
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 7:00 am on Tuesday, repeating until December 29, 2020

CASA Info Session- Online, Wednesday at 11 am

July 22 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 11:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until December 9, 2020

CASA Info Session- Online, Thursday at 7 pm

July 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 7:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until December 24, 2020

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