Date

5-2020

Document Type

Capstone Project (Campus-Only Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Department

Health and Human Services

Abstract

Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children of Monterey County (CASA) is a non-profit agency that advocates for children in the foster care system focusing in Monterey County. CASA works on advocating for abused or neglected children placed in foster care, making sure their rights are being upheld and pursuing a safe/permanent home. Foster youth struggle with long-term financial stability. Some reasons are that they go through many transitions and move multiple times, making youth more prone to aging out of the system with lack of education in financial life skills. One of the consequences shown in the research was that unstable finances can lead to physical and mental health issues. An online financial skill building program providing multiple resources was created to assist foster youth to strengthen their financial skills. These skills were created online in order to help foster youth learn at their own pace and make them easily accessible. The program included lessons, worksheets and resources on budgeting, financial goal setting, money management, and additional resources. The program was uploaded on a website for its use however, for various reasons was unable to go live. An internal evaluation was conducted which indicated the program was easy to understand and appropriate for the population.Throughout the extensive research done during this process, it was clear to see the lack of financial literacy sites there were available for youth. Therefore, making this information easily accessible would be highly recommended as well as possibly creating in person workshops to further help foster youth seeking help in financial literacy.

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