Free (or almost free) activities and outings for kids
Santa Maria

  • Rancho Bowl - Free (just show your badge)
  • Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum - Free (just show your badge)
  • The Pad Climbing Gym - Free memberships offered to CASA volunteers to bring their assigned child(ren)
Lompoc

  • Lompoc Aquatic Center - $1-5 (depending on age) per person
  • Jalama State Beach - Free
  • La Purisima Mission - Free
Santa Barbara

  • MOXI: The Wolf Museum of Exploration and Innovation -Free (just show your badge)
  • Santa Barbara Bowl concerts - $5 per ticket (includes $15 food voucher)
  • Build sandcastles at one of the beautiful local beaches
Visit: https://sbcasa.org/activity-ideas/
for more activity ideas!
Questions? Contact tristin@sbcasa.org
SB 925 Signed by Governor Brown
As part of the Continuum of Care Reform (CCR) initiative, California refocused its efforts on raising children in families and bringing all the people in a family’s life together to support the child and family.

A major component of CCR, was the formation of Child and Family Teams (CFTs). These teams were to come together to “identify the strengths and needs of the child or youth and his or her family, and to help achieve positive outcomes for safety, permanency, and well-being.” -Welfare and Institutions Code Section 16501. The teams were to be comprised of the child or youth, the family, people important to the child or family and formal supports . Court Appointed Special Advocates are formal supports and were often people that families and children specifically wanted at their CFT meetings. However, during implementation of CCR, CASAs haven’t been routinely or universally invited to participate in these meetings. Some, but not all, CASAs were being included in the child and family teams across California and programs, and CASA volunteers and youth themselves wanted to make sure that youth who have a CASA could have their advocate by their side.
 
Senator Beall introduced the bill in January. Governor Brown signed the bill last Friday morning. SB 925 officially adds CASA by name as one of the members of the CFT.

SB 925 states that the child and family team shall include “The child or youth’s Court Appointed Special Advocate, if one has been appointed, unless the child or youth objects.”

This is great news for you as an advocate. You may find the CFT meeting one of the best opportunities to advocate for your youth. Your advocate supervisor will help you as needed to ensure that you are included.
 
August Volunteer Meetings
Santa Maria and Lompoc Topic: IEPs and Special Education
Santa Barbara Topic: Katie A Assessments
Santa Barbara
Tuesday, August 14th
12:00 - 1:00 pm

CASA office
118 E. Figueroa St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Santa Maria
Wednesday, August 15th
12:00 -1:00 pm

Santa Maria Fire Department
314 W. Cook St.
Santa Maria, CA 93458
Lompoc
Wednesday, August 15th
5:30 - 6:30 pm

Lauchpad
1010 North H St.
Lompoc, CA 93436
Please RSVP so we can order enough lunch/snacks to serve all CASA volunteers
Missed the Mandatory Training in July?
County-wide Mandatory Training Make-up
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
6:00 - 8:00 pm

AMR Training Facility
240 E HWY 246 STE 101
Buellton, CA 93427

Please RSVP so we can order enough food to serve everyone
Continuing Education Opportunities
Teen Advocacy
Discussion Groups

 The teen advocacy discussion groups engage CASA volunteers as advocates for and advisers to foster youth ages 14 – 21. The program is built around the framework of the Fostering Connections to Success Act, to help youth identify supportive, lifelong adult connections, and to develop specific plans for their transition to becoming independent, successful adults.

Santa Barbara:
August 28, 2018
12:00 - 1:00 pm


Santa Maria:
August 31, 2018
12:00 - 1:00 pm

Free trainings in Santa Maria
Remember - you need 12 hours of continuing education every year and online training is just one of the ways you can meet the requirement.



Please let your Advocate Supervisor know when you complete continuing education hours so that we can record them for submission to the Judicial Council of the State of California.

Many of our volunteers have asked for an opportunity to support CASA with automatic monthly donations, so we created the Circle of Hope. The Circle of Hope is a community of supporters who create a base of support for our operations, enabling us to continue to provide for the special needs of the kids we serve. The suggested monthly donation is $20, but you can set it to any amount that works for you. It's easy to join, and we appreciate your membership!
You can always find all planned CASA events and educations opportunities on the website: