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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

Brian and Trevor are two brothers who are 9 and 12 years old. 
Both were neglected due to their parents’ drug use, and while their parents are doing their part to address their substance issue, it is our part as a community to be there for Brian and Trevor during this difficult time. 

CASA of Santa Cruz's Program Director, Jimmy Cook, updates our fellow advocates on what the advocate's role continues to look like during COVID-19 and Shelter in Place/Social Distancing orders.

We appreciate our Advocates so much that we can't contain it to just one week! Even though National Volunteer Week is over we wanted to put another video out for you all to know how much we love you all.

For National Volunteer Week, we wanted to show how much we appreciate our volunteers. And to do that, we spent an entire morning recording these messages for all of you. You may have seen some of them on social media during National Volunteer Week, but here are all of them for you to enjoy!

Lynne Petrovic, our Executive Director, wants to let you know that CASA of Santa Cruz is doing exactly what it's always done and exactly what we love doing- advocating for children. It's going to take a lot more than a shelter in place order to slow us down from doing that.


Watch Conny's Story