Be the Change | Be the voice of Hope | Be a CASA

Learn more about becoming a CASA!

As a Court Appointed Special Advocate, you can be a supportive adult for a child in foster care who has experienced abuse and neglect.

What Your Support Means

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.

OUR OFFICE IS NOW REOPEN!

We will have staff in the office Monday-Friday 8:30am-5pm.
Please don’t hesitate to call, email, or stop by and say hello!

 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 2020.

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

  • We continue to feel the impacts of COVID-19. This year’s events made clear how much we cannot control in our lives. At CASA, we are reminded every day that these feelings can be daily experiences in the lives of many children in foster care. Remote learning poses new challenges.

  • Most 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.

  • Children and youth in foster care, 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. 

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.

WHAT WE DO

Our CASA volunteers are appointed by the Court to provide rights based advocacy for children in foster care by working closely with the child’s network of care providers including social workers, teachers, and therapists to ensure that the child’s voice and desires are being heard.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Change the life of a Monterey County foster child today.

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