RESOURCES

This resource list was developed to help CASAs in their advocacy efforts on behalf of their youth in the juvenile dependency and juvenile justice systems.   It is intended to be a starting point only for basic information and local/national services available to CASA youth regarding their education, health and personal needs.  This is not meant to be an exhaustive list.  We encourage you to reach out to your Case Supervisor and CASA staff for additional information, referrals and tools.   You may also look under the “Continuing Education” in the Volunteer Portal for relevant webinars or other training materials recommended by our team.

CASA University

Initial training content has been included as ongoing reference material.

Court Systems

It is important that CASAs understand the juvenile court systems to be prepared to advocate for their youth in court.  CASAs build relationships with court partners (judges, attorneys, probation officers, social workers) to make sure everyone has a clear picture of the needs and strengths of their youth to make sure the court-ordered services focus on health, well-being and permanency.  Here are some guides to the court process and dependency flow chart.
 
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Education

CASAs play a critical role in ensuring educational stability and success for their youth.  This folder contains educational information and resources specific to foster youth so our CASAs can assist their youth in meeting educational challenges and supporting better academic outcomes for them.

Transition Age Youth & NMDs (Non-Minor Dependents)

Transitioning into adulthood can be a strenuous time, but as your youth prepares to move from out-of-home care into independent living, having the right resources can make the transition less challenging. Use these resources to learn about life skills, education, employment, finances, and other information to help you help your youth as they transition out of foster care and on to independence.

Crisis Response

CASAs can find an assortment of resources that may provide guidance and tools that can assist them with supporting youth experiencing a crisis. Included are a list of resources to help support youth experiencing mental health challenges as well as strategies for helping caregivers in overcoming placement conflicts with links to services and programs in the community.  If your youth is experiencing a crisis, please contact your Case Supervisor for guidance in how to respond.
After-Hours CASA Line: (916) 870-9630     |     Child Welfare Emergency Line: (916) 875-KIDS

Health

Many youth who enter foster care have complicated and severe medical, mental and psychosocial health issues that can impact their development throughout adolescence and adulthood.  CASAs help their youth pursue wellness by linking them to information and services that support their physical and behavioral health.  Here is some valuable information about foster youth rights and local/national services.

Essential CASA Documents

Just in case you can’t remember where you saved a CASA form, we’ve included a list of most commonly used documents/forms in this folder.  Please let us know if we forgot to include something.

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