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Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Monterey County

Mission

To train and support community volunteers to advocate for children and youth in foster care, due to abuse and neglect, upholding their rights and pursing a safe, permanent home.

The Big Idea

CASA volunteers provide a unique and meaningful service to foster youth, upholding the child’s rights in court and supporting their journey to finding a permanent home. During the pandemic, referrals to child welfare agencies decreased significantly. CASA is preparing for an increase in children needing a CASA as Covid restrictions continue to wane. This nonprofit’s Big Idea expands training, recruitment, and development of CASA volunteers to support two growing groups: children from age 0 to 5 and children with autism.

“CASA and the CASA volunteer is a special gift to a child’s life. A CASA volunteer provides his or her child with guidance, leadership qualities, and a sense of direction and normality, 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 Lavorato, Jr.