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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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News & Events

Sign up to attend a CASA information meeting in November at

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.

This month, we’re happy to introduce you to Mette Rubin.

Fall Issue 2017 of the CASA Connection

CASA decided to offer a daytime training after talking with community members that were interested in volunteering but couldn’t participate in the typical training schedule because they do not drive at night, prefer a condensed training schedule, or just like to have their evenings free.

During National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15), we recognize the need for more CASA volunteers who are trained to speak up for the best interest of children in the foster care system. We believe it is important for CASA volunteers to speak the language and understand and appreciate the culture of the children they serve in foster care, so they can make informed recommendations to judges hearing the children’s cases.

Watch Joseph's Story