Date

12-2020

Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Department

Health and Human Services

Major

Collaborative Health & Human Services

Abstract

CASA of Santa Cruz County's mission is to provide court-appointed volunteers and for every foster youth to receive the love and care that they deserve. The majority of the foster youth being served are Hispanic, but there are not enough bilingual volunteers, and this is a problem. One Contributing factors include a lack of awareness to become volunteers, cultural understanding of the role of a CASA volunteer, and that bilingual advocates need relevant outreach material to understand. Consequences include foster youth being on a waitlist, not enough advocates to serve the population in need, and a lack of support for bilingual advocates. The barrier to service is advocates not having enough time for required training, feeling overwhelmed, and due to COVID, advocates can't do in-person visits. My project is designed to help advocates have fun and education resources and to help advocates maintain a close connection virtually with their CASA youth. As a result, not every advocate participated in the survey, which makes it hard to determine whether it was successful or not. I would recommend sending the PowerPoint with the activities first; then a week later send out the survey to every CASA advocate.

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