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

We improve the lives of children in the foster care system by pairing them with trained volunteers from the community who advocate for them and stand by their side as stable adults they can count on as they go through the chaos of the foster care system.

Our Beliefs

  • Children’s needs are the top priority and the central focus of decision making.
  • All children deserve to be treated with respect and dignity, and their opinions should be validated.
  • Our priority is to ensure foster children and youth return to a safe, permanent, and loving home.
  • We have a responsibility to educate the community on issues of child maltreatment.
  • Our society agrees we should have systems to remove children who are victims of abuse or neglect from their parents to ensure their safety and well being. Therefore, as a society, we must not expect only the ‘system’ to care for these children, but we must all take responsibility for them.

Our Vision

  • CASA of Monterey advocacy will be available to all children in the foster care system.
  • CASA of Monterey will have a diverse group of community volunteers, representative of the communities and cultures from which our children come, to serve as CASAs.
  • CASA of Monterey will promote rights-based advocacy and influence systemic change to improve the quality of services and support for children in the foster care system.
  • Youth who exit from the foster care system will have established, permanent connections to help them become productive citizens.
  • CASA of Monterey will help break the cycle of abuse and neglect.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are key elements of the employment and volunteer recruitment strategies for CASA of Monterey County.

Diversity: To strengthen staff and volunteer experience, CASA of Monterey County seeks to recruit staff and volunteers who draw on their skills, talents, perspectives, and diversity of viewpoints, that comes from different life experiences and cultural backgrounds, including individuals with the first-hand experience with issues faced by youth served by CASA.

The individual team members who compose CASA of Monterey County’s staff and volunteers reflect our organization’s values and beliefs.  They shall:
· embrace the principles of social justice and advocacy, as they relate to the children/youth served by the juvenile dependency and delinquency programs.
· genuinely and sincerely value children and youth in our society, and the importance of nurturing their growth and development; and
· commit to understand, accept, and value the importance of the cultures from which children in the foster care system come.

Inclusion: CASA of Monterey County is committed to building a culture of trust, candor, and respect. To cultivate an inclusive culture all staff members and volunteers are encouraged to bring their perspectives, identity, and life experience to their service. CASA of Monterey County welcomes and celebrates differences and sets a standard that all staff and volunteers are equally engaged and invested, sharing responsibility for the organization’s mission and work.

Equity-focused: Staff and volunteers should be aware of how systemic inequities have affected our society, and the foster care system specifically, to avoid blind spots that can lead to flawed strategies. Guided by this commitment to equity, CASA of Monterey County shall create powerful opportunities to deepen the organization’s impact, relevance, and advancement of the care and services provided for youth in the foster care system.