Casa Pacifica’s Youth Advocates address the needs of Casa Pacifica’s youth who are preparing to emancipate, as well as Casa Pacifica alumni who have already emancipated. Each of Casa Pacifica’s Youth Advocates is a former foster youth, an important requirement in establishing trust with the current residents and alumni through their common experience.
Youth advocates will assist emancipating youth with their legal documents, Independent Living Program classes, applications for college, housing and other applications and are available 24 hours for emergencies. Advocates also assist with transportation to doctor appointments, job interviews, court appearances and more. Youth Advocates encourage participation in the Ventura County chapter of the California Youth Connection (CYC) which is comprised of former and current foster youth who identify issues in the foster care system, develop solutions, and then present their ideas to State legislators.
Casa Pacifica’s Peer Advocate is also a former foster youth and provides assistance to residents of Casa Pacifica’s campus. The Peer Advocate provides the same services as the Youth Advocates and The Peer Advocate, unlike the Youth Advocates, has contact with and is available to all the children placed at Casa Pacifica, no matter their age, to help them with any concerns or needs that arise.