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Voices for Children - CASA of Monterey County is a non-profit organization located in Salinas, CA 93901. 

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.

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 goal 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:

  • Voices for Children advocacy will be available to all children in the foster care system.
  • Voices for Children will have a diverse group of community volunteers, representative of the communities and cultures from which our children come, to serve as CASAs.
  • Voices for Children 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.
  • The work of Voices for Children will help break the cycle of abuse and neglect.

 

What do CASAs (Court Appointed Special Advocates) do for children in the foster care system?

Understand and Support:

  • How the child is doing: in their placement, in school, with friends and activities.

Encourage:

  • Introduce a child to healthy activities and model problem-solving skills.

Empower:

  • Encourage a child’s self expression; validate their feelings, fears, and beliefs.

Keep Promises ;

  • Visit regularly and follow-up on what is important for the child.Make ConnectionsFind people who can be lifelong connections for the child.

Promote Success:

  • Work with teachers, schools, and foster parents for academic success.

Report:

  • Provide the Judge with detailed information with which to make decisions.

 

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer advocate for a child we would like to hear from you!

 

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