Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Family and Children’s Services of Monterey County Department of Social Services is an agency that serves families in the Monterey County who have an open case. In the Family Reunification Unit they work on reunifying families back together. Youth in the foster care system are uninformed about their dependency case. Unlike parents, they do not receive a class that teaches them all about their case. Some of the reasons for this is that social workers have very large caseloads, People/Youth have lack of knowledge of court systems and CASA has a long waiting list. The consequences of not informing youth with deep knowledge about their cases are that they will have misconceptions about their case, they may develop depression and anxiety, and they begin to lack the trust in others. A survey was created for foster children age ten and older in order to figure out what areas they are confused about. The data was analyzed to see what topics can be used to create a curriculum for them. As a result, foster youth that were surveyed were confused about many different aspects of their case. A class should be implemented in order to address the misconceptions that foster youth have about their dependency case. The class should be taught by an MSW intern or a social worker.