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  • Hear about the process of becoming a CASA volunteer and learn more about the Coalition for Family Harmony.

  • JBAY and iFoster have partnered to create a free, virtual self-filing guide designed to help youth file their taxes and claim the $1,117 Foster Youth Tax Credit (FYTC).

    This virtual guide offers step-by-step instructions, walking users through common tax scenarios such as reporting financial aid and claiming dependents. With this tool, youth should be able to complete their taxes in under an hour, providing them with a simple and efficient way to access the FYTC.

    Eligibility for the FYTC includes being between the ages of 18-25 on the last day of the tax year (2023 in this case), having been in foster care on or after their 13th birthday, earning at least $1 and not more than $30,931 during the tax year, and living in California for at least half of the tax year.

    The impact of the FYTC has already been substantial. In the 2023 tax season, nearly 4,885 youth claimed the credit, amounting to a collective $5.1 million. For young adults who have already filed their taxes and missed claiming the FYTC, they can still file an amendment to their return and benefit from this credit. - From Kathryn Matthews, Chief Program Officer with California CASA

  • Read more about: Starting January 1, 2024, assets will no longer be counted to determine Medi-Cal eligibility!​​​​​​​

  • In Ventura County, federal legislation known as the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) is one of the largest sources of financial support for crime victim programs. Funded solely through monetary penalties paid by federal offenders, VOCA money is provided to states and then distributed to district attorney offices and nonprofit organizations across the nation. But without an immediate infusion of aid, Ventura County will soon lose more than $2.3 million annually in VOCA funds, a shortfall that will directly and negatively impact rape crisis centers, domestic violence shelter beds, human trafficking survivors, and child abuse victims.