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Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) are community volunteers, just like you, who stand up and speak out to help children and youth in foster care.

Our CASA program belongs to a network of 951 independent community-based programs that recruit, train and support citizen-volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in courtrooms and communities.

CASA of Santa Cruz County currently serves over 270 children and youth annually - and the need doesn't go away.

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Is now the time for you to take the plunge and become a Court Appointed Special Advocate??
You do not have to be a lawyer or social worker to volunteer as a Court Appointed Special Advocate. CASA volunteers are everyday people, trained by CASA and then appointed by judges to advocate for the safety of children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect. Click the image to learn more.

Each month at CASA we celebrate, appreciate and highlight the story and experience of one of our wonderful Advocates. Each has a unique story and perspective and each child that they work with is in a different situation and has different needs. We hope that by sharing their individual stories, we can honor the stories and experiences of all Advocates. This month we got to know Larry Willis

We are so excited to introduce you to Lyndsey Marks! Lyndsey joined CASA of Santa Cruz in June as Development Director. She brings thirteen years of experience working in the non-profit sector with six years in fundraising. Early in her career, she developed a passion for serving youth in need. Working with Bill Wilson Center in Santa Clara County, she helped teens in crisis find much-needed resources to be safe and housed. She developed a nationally recognized best practice youth development program, working with adult mentor volunteers and teen leaders. The last four years, she spent as Development Director for Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, so don’t be surprised to see her tooling around by bike!

Megan Grewohl joined CASA of Santa Cruz in May as an Advocate Supervisor and specialist with older youth in care. We are so lucky to have her on our team! We look forward to benefitting from her ten+ years of experience working in child welfare. She says her love of working with children was born when she was working in summer camps in Michigan (where she is from). She then went on to working in a residential treatment facility before moving from her small farm home-town to sunny Santa Cruz.

CASA will be offering a daytime training this summer. Rather than the typical evening training of two nights a week for five weeks, this training will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for two and a half weeks, Monday through Thursday in Aptos from August 13 through August 28.

The daytime class is a rare opportunity that we hope you'll take advantage of, as our need for Advocates continues to grow. Sign up at

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