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Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) are community volunteers who stand up and speak out to help children and youth in foster care. 

CASA volunteers devote a few hours a week getting to know one child and gathering information from everyone involved in the child's life. Volunteers are part of a team that works for the best interests of the child.

For many children in foster care, their CASA volunteer will be one of the few consistent adults in their lives. For many volunteers, CASA is a life-changing experience that makes a difference in our community.


  • Children Served

    270

  • Volunteer Hours

    22,900

  • In Kind Value

    $603000

  • Active Volunteers

    300

News & Events

If you have just a few hours a week to be there for a child in foster care, you CAN make a difference. The deadline to apply for the next training that begins on October 6 is September 28.
Join us for an online information meeting.

We have collected a large number of resources to help our Advocates and our broader group of supporters. Check them out!

CASA of Santa Cruz invites proposals from qualified applicants interested in entering into a contract to perform consulting and training services related to organizational equity, diversity and inclusion transformation. We are seeking services that will help members of our staff and board build skills and competencies as CASA strives to operationalize diversity, equity and inclusion.

Santa Cruz Local has put together a list of resources that are super helpful in this time. Check it out!

Debra Jones was a great Advocate. She understood the issues of trauma well, and her connection to higher education was a huge benefit for youth to get out of the cycle of poverty as well as move beyond the life of living in foster care. She was informed about the challenges for a child living in foster care and the many adults involved with making decisions of the youth. She was great at reminding everyone to stay focused on the child's needs. She served four youth over a seven-year period, and most of her time was spent helping two sisters that are now young adults today.