Why You Should Donate
Why You Should Donate
Your donation enables Voices for Children to serve hundreds of Monterey County children in the foster care system. With revenue generated by grants, individuals, investments, and events, Voices for Children employs professionals experienced in family systems, child development, and social services, knowledgeable in both the legal and clinical aspects of the foster care system. These professionals screen, train, and supervise community volunteers who advocate for children and youth in the foster care system.
The impact of CASAs in our community is significant. CASAs provide a service that would be cost-prohibitive for the county to provide. For the period July 2010 to June 2011, the average cost per ‘CASA’ child came out to a little over $300 a month, not counting the contribution of the labor hours donated by the volunteer. By comparison, the state and county spend an average of $10,000 per month for children placed in a group home (range per month is $6,000 to $16,000 per child). The ratio of the two costs is dramatic: if a child’s permanent placement can be accelerated by one year through the use of a CASA, there could be a net savings of $116,400 for the community. Using these same figures, one month of foster care theoretically could fund 30 months of a CASA, or 30 CASAs for that month. Your investment in CASA leverages resources that make a tremendous impact on a child’s life and in our community.
How Your Donation Is Used
Advocate recruitment, training, and supervision lies at the heart of our work for foster children. Your contribution to Voices for Children allows us to:
- recruit the most qualified, capable, and committed volunteers using targeted multimedia
- thoroughly screen all applicants via interviews and background checks
- offer quarterly 40-hour training classes annually, plus continuing education workshops, for advocates
- provide professional case management and supervision of advocates
- evaluate advocates and program effectiveness
- offer staff development and training, including participation in youth-directed projects and events
- provide specialized services, such as family finding and educational advocacy
When the generosity of individuals and other funders makes it possible, we offer expanded services such as in-depth continuing education, public policy advocacy, direct support of children’s needs, and advocacy for special populations (e.g., transitioning youth, children birth-to-five, youth in the delinquency system).
Donors may also contribute to our YES Fund, which provides such important tangible support as school supplies, technology, class photos, sports equipment and uniforms, holiday and birthday gifts, and extracurricular tuition and materials.
Primary Revenue Sources: Private and Public Foundations, Individual Donors, Major Donors, Civic Organizations, Agency-hosted Events; Community Events, Planned Giving/Bequests, Government contracts and grants.