Continuing Ed, Upcoming Events,
Resources, Activity Passes & More!
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May Is National Foster Care Month
Let's spread the word to bring as much awareness as we can to
children and youth in foster care who need our help!

#NationalFosterCareMonth    #NFCM2019     #BeACASA
With the right mix of support services, CASAs play a critical role in supporting family reunification and in preventing re-entry into foster care.
Upcoming CASA Continuing Ed

Tuesday, May 21st 6:00-8:30 pm
"Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About
Non-Minor Dependency & The Permanency Planning Unit"

Presented by 
Valencia Cameron - PP Unit Supervisor
Click here to RSVP for CASA Continuing Ed Events

Community Continuing Ed Opportunities

Monterey County Office of Education Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program is requesting just a few minutes of your time. They would like to assess their program, and feedback from you as a CASA is vital!

Please follow the link below for a brief survey. They want to ensure our foster students are receiving the supports they need to be successful in school. This survey will help both locally and at the state level in determining program needs.

MCOE thanks you very much for your time, and for being an important partner in our universal goal to improve the lives of students in foster care.

The Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program (FYSCP)
 appreciates your input and all you do as a CASA!

 Just some clarification on terminology used in the survey:

  • A Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) is a district’s planning document which shows goals and expected outcomes, as well as services provided in attempt to attain those goals. Districts who have foster students should list goals for them as well as special education students, English Learners and low income students.
  • Our county = Monterey County, MCOE and/or partner agencies
  • An LEA is a Local Education Agency (essentially, this means school districts and county programs)

Completion of the survey by June 15th is appreciated.

Click here to respond to the Survey
Tools You Can Use: Age-Appropriate,
Medically Accurate Sexual Health Fact Sheets
Thursday, May 16, 2019 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Please join John Burton Advocates for Youth and LA RHEP
for a web seminar to learn more about the requirement to inform youth of their sexual health rights, the content of the sexual health facts sheets and how to use the suggested scripts.
Click Here to Register
THURSDAY, MAY 23 FROM 10:00 to 11:30 A.M.

Youth Homelessness in California: What Impact has the Five-Percent Set-Aside in HEAP Had So Far?

As part of last year's state budget, the California State Legislature created the Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP) to address homelessness. Of the $500 million budgeted for HEAP, at least five percent ($25 M) was required to be directed to address youth homelessness. 

John Burton Advocates for Youth will host a webinar
 marking the release of a report on how HEAP funds for homeless youth have been spent. Findings from the report were drawn from a statewide survey of Continuums of Care (CoCs), in-depth interviews with representatives of CoCs across the state and the 11 large cities, and engagement with homeless youth providers as they applied for HEAP funds.

Click Here to Register
Click here to register
Click Here to Register for the June 12th Education Summit
Click Here to Select Your Desired Date & Register

CASA Youth Resources

CASA Resources

Article: Foster Care Students Face Challenges
Entering and Graduating College
Click Here to Read This Article
California Child Welfare Co- Investment Partnership
'Child Welfare Policy and Progress'

This article provides an update on CCR in addition to a list of legislation that affects families/children in care. Even if you don't have the time to read it all in one sitting, it would be a good idea to keep it on hand for reference.

Click Here to View This Brochure
SAM's GUIDE 2019

This guide contains a guide to a multitude of Monterey County Family Resources.
Click Here to View This Guide

CASAs in the Child & Family Teams (CFT)

By clicking on the button below, you will find the
CASAs in Child & Family Teams, SB 925 Implementation Fact Sheet. 

SB 925 was unanimously supported by the legislature and
signed into law, effective 1/1/2019, by Governor Brown.

The fact sheet covers SB 925 and
frequently asked questions about CFTs.

CASAs in Child & Family Teams, SB 925 Implementation Fact Sheet
Access the "Advocacy in Action Guide" Here
May 7, 2019 Newsletter Topics •  John Burton Advocates For Youth

Question of the Week

Assembly Proposes $600 Million State Funding for Homelessness; Youth Set-Aside on the Table

Age-Appropriate, Medically-Accurate Fact Sheets to be Released on 5/13 Web Seminar

State Issues Guidance to Extend Cal Grant for Foster Youth from Four to Eight Years

This Friday: Deadline to Submit Workshop Proposals for Blueprint Conference

How Can California Better Serve Expectant & Parenting Youth Under Family First Act?

Click Here to View the Latest John Burton Advocates for Youth Newsletter
Click Here to View Additional Resources Available on the CA College Pathways Webpage

Upcoming Community Events

Just A Bit More!

We Need Your Help!
We have been informed that the bulk of the Aquarium passes dispersed to our volunteers, have not yet been used. We are unable to request additional tickets until 80% of what CASA was provided with has been used.
If you have been given aquarium passes and are not planning to use them in the near future, we ask that you please return them to our office so we can provide them to volunteers who are requesting tickets. You can always request them again!

Thank you for your help, please let us know if you have any questions.
Petroglyph Ceramic Lounge
Santa Cruz
Petroglyph is generously offering a 50% off discount for you all and your kiddos to use at your leisure! All that they ask is that you wear your CASA pin if possible as an identifier, and then mention that you are a CASA volunteer.

They are located at 125 Walnut Ave.

Click here to view Petroglyph's website and learn more!
Office Announcements
Help spread the CASA!
Do you have friends or family who you think
would make a great CASA? 

If so, please share our upcoming info session dates,
listed below with them. 

Or they can contact Kathryn
at 831-455-6800 ext 31, or to schedule a session that will fit their needs.

How are you enjoying your experience as a CASA?
Our Marketing & Volunteer Recruitment Manager, Kathryn Pernet, is working on our new website and would love to include as many advocate testimonials as she can get either in writing or video format. 
If you would like to participate by written word, please select the button below to email Kathryn comments from your heart regarding your experience- something that curious folks would find encouraging. 
If you’d be agreeable to do a short, very casual video of your comments, please give her a call at
(831) 455-6800 ext 31, or reach out via email.
Deadline:  No deadline, feel free to send any time!
Click Here to Email Kathryn
Upcoming Events
Upcoming CASA Events 

Annual CASA Picnic
Saturday, August 10th from 11:30 AM to 3 PM
Toro Park (Buckeye Site)

CASA Experience
Saturday, September 14th

CASA of Monterey County
945 South Main Street, Suite 107, Salinas, CA 93901

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