Nov 8 - Dec 31, 2018

CASA Monterey County

Mission

CASA of Monterey County trains and supports 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.

The Big Idea

While CASAs work within the family and juvenile court systems (not federal court), our program and volunteers support best-interest advocacy for all children. For some in foster care, their lives become more confusing due to immigration-related issues. CASA volunteers devote quality time to fully understand their child’s unique situation- ensuring that the child’s educational, health, and emotional needs are forefront with the primary goal of pursuing a safe, permanent home.

For immigrant foster youth, CASA volunteers must be relentless, creative, and patient. CASAs journey alongside their child through challenges and successes, including various stages of paperwork, interacting with legal and political professionals, all while recovering from the trauma of family separation.

In collaboration with other California CASA programs and the community, CASA of Monterey County educates and builds awareness about the barriers foster youth encounter.

I feel like if I didn’t have the right people teaching me, speaking up for me, rooting for me, and believing in me, I wouldn’t be here today. I’m so grateful to have CASA.

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