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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

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 Becky Oesterle.

Walk with CASA at the Santa Cruz Pride Parade on Sunday, June 3rd.
Sign up to join us HERE. We'll email details of when and where to meet for the parade.
We will have bubbles and CASA t-shirts, you just bring your smiles, your walking shoes and your love for CASA and the kids we serve.

Whether you have a few minutes, hours, weeks or more, there are lots of ways that you can show your support and make a difference for children and youth in foster care. Click Here to see 25 things you can do! Please be sure to like and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and encourage others to get involved too.

Child Abuse Prevention Month is a great time to get involved and make a difference.You can help make great childhoods happen by becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate, making a donation or visiting our CASA store and helping spread the word about CASA.

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.
This month, we got to know Savanna Sandusky.


Watch Joseph's Story