Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Project Abstract

Title: Advocate Resource Manual


Teens in foster care are more than twice as likely as their peers not in foster care to become pregnant by the age of 19. Even more troubling, many of those who become pregnant experience a repeated pregnancy before they reach the 19 years old. (Boonstra, H.D) In California, there were approximately 463,000 foster youths who were pregnant. A study conducted by Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago found that 26 percent of those foster youth become pregnant at least once by the age of 17. CASA of Monterey County are community volunteers, trained as Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs), provide practical support and rights-based advocacy for children. The Advocate Resource Manual will be an essential tool for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) to use while working with foster teens who are pregnant. Furthermore, the manual will provide all sorts of resources that are available within Monterey County for all of the CASA of Monterey County agency’s pregnant foster youths. Next, the Advocate Resource Manual will be utilized during the agency’s training for all of their new CASAs in order to become familiarized with the resources available to them to be equipped with proper tools to provide services to their youth.

Keywords: CASA of Monterey County, Foster Youth, Foster Pregnant Youth, Advocates Manual.