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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

Shockingly in our country, nearly ¼ of all child abuse victims are under the age of one.  And in Santa Cruz, nearly 40% of the children who were found to be victims of abuse were under the age of two. Knowing that raising healthy children starts at day one and hearing these statistics, how can we not be moved to act? Read the full article.

The generous employees of Bay Federal Credit Union sponsored and installed pinwheels on the CASA house fence in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month.
Every pinwheel is a reminder of the 400 abused children in foster care every year. The pinwheels are a physical representation of the hope we have for a safe and happy childhood for each child.
See photos from our event HERE.

Not everyone can be a CASA volunteer, but everyone can be an advocate by taking steps to make our community safer for children. Working together, we can prevent abuse and neglect so that every child in Santa Cruz County has an opportunity to live and thrive in a safe, caring, healthy home.

Join us on April 11 at Artisan's Gallery @artisansscruz for wine and shopping, while 20% of sales goes to CASA of Santa Cruz County!

CASA of Santa Cruz County is proud to announce that Lynda Leigh, a long-time CASA volunteer Advocate has won the Cesar E. Chavez Award in the Adult Role Model category. The awards ceremony was held on March 28, 6:00 PM in the City of Watsonville Community Room

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