Monterey County is home to more than four hundred foster children and youth. Child abuse is
a persistent and tragic reality for these children, who are legally removed from their homes due
to unsafe and often extreme conditions as a result of severe neglect, physical abuse, and/or
Placed under the jurisdiction of theCounty's Superior Court and its juvenile dependency judges, these child victims are suffering and in urgent need of an adult to stand by their side, care about their well-being, speak up for them in court, in school, and in the community, and help restore their trust in adults and their hope for the future.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Montery County is the only local nonprofit of its kind, as designated by statute (CA Rules of Court, Rule 5.665 and the CA Welfare and Institutions Code), and the presiding dependency court judge, to recruit, train and support community volunteers to serve as CASAs for abuse and neglected children placed in the Monterey County foster care system.
CASA serves Monterey County foster youth, with diverse socio-economic and ethnic origins. Often moved from place to place and growing up without a secure family support system, foster children and youth are among the most vulnerable individuals in our communities. Youth are local, from the least affluent areas of the county (Salinas Valley and South County regions); and are frequently placed throughout Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties, while still being served by CASA of Monterey County.
The majority of the children served are boys and girls (57%) of color (with an average age of 10 years old), with 75% Latino/Hispanic, 4% African American, 6% Bi-racial, and 15%
multiple or other ethnicities.
CASA of Monterey County ensures that these children have equitable access to health, education, and other vital opportunities by connecting them with strong advocates, mentors and a support system to ensure their needs are being met, while helping them navigate the complex foster care/dependency court system.