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Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Monterey County


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.

The Big Idea

Child abuse and neglect remains a persistent and tragic reality in our local communities. Children in foster care have experienced traumatic situations and therefore been separated from family and everything familiar to them through no fault of their own. The primary goal of CASA of Monterey County is to ensure that these children and youth have a trained adult that they can trust to help them navigate the foster care system, find a safe, permanent home, receive much needed services, and begin a new journey of healing.

Children with a CASA typically spend on average 7.5 months less in the foster care system, showing the impact of our work, and the need for CASA volunteers. Our goal is to serve 100% of children and youth in foster care in Monterey County, helping them all to achieve stability in their lives more quickly.

CASA and the CASA volunteer is a special gift to the life of a child in foster care. A CASA volunteer provides his or her child with guidance, leadership qualities, and a sense of direction and normalcy, which is a HOPE that every child so rightly deserves. CASA volunteers make true impacts on our communities and generations to come. CASA volunteers are angels in disguise.

- Judge Sam Lovorato, Jr.