Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy



First Advisor

Thomas Rogers


Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Monterey County is a non-profit organization that provides services to foster children. Many of the children may feel alone and isolated due to being in the foster care system. CASA advocates are required to spend time and do activities with the child. Art classes and activities for advocates and youth were implemented to increase the support the youth needs once entering the foster care system. The project's purpose is to have foster youth know that they are not alone and that both the advocates and the agency are there to support them. The effectiveness of this project was measured by surveys, focus groups, and conversations conducted. The project met the expected outcome because the children were eventually interacting with one another. CASA of Monterey County should seek to have more than one volunteer teach the class for its continuation.