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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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Many youth that were involved with the planning of the Lost Childhoods Exhibit wanted to create opportunities exclusively for youth in foster care. It's finally here! The Lost Childhoods Alternative Expressions have been hard at work putting these together. The first program is Watercolor Journaling on Sunday, September 10th at 12:30-2:30pm at the MAH. Questions? Message Karen at For youth ages 13-25. Please help spread the word!

Come witness powerful youth presentations and spoken word performances from current and former foster youth - many of whom have/had a CASA and join in a creative discussion with Encompass Community Services and the local Youth Advisory Board on ending youth homelessness in Santa Cruz County. Hear updates on the Youth Homeless Demonstration Program‘s plans about a new initiative designed to reduce the number of youth experiencing homelessness.

CASA will be offering a special daytime training this fall. Sign up now!

Sign up now to attend a CASA information meeting in September. With just a few hours a week, you can make a difference for a child in foster care.

At CASA, we are always looking for ways to celebrate our amazing Advocates. In keeping with that intention, every month we will highlight the story and experience of one Advocate who is working with a child or youth. Every Advocate has a story, and we hope that by regularly featuring individual Advocates, we can honor the stories and experiences of all.

Watch Joseph's Story