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.