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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.


  • Children Served

    270

  • Volunteer Hours

    22,900

  • In Kind Value

    $603000

  • Active Volunteers

    300

News & Events

In Santa Cruz County more than 500 children live in foster care each year because they have been abused, neglected or abandoned. Most of our county’s children in foster care live in Watsonville and about 25% need help from someone who speaks Spanish.

CASA of Santa Cruz County is pleased to announce the appointment of Lynne Petrovic as its new Executive Director effective August 6, 2018. Click for full article

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!


Watch Joseph's Story