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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

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 talk with Sarah Amador.

When it supports the CASA Children's Fund -- created to enable CASA Advocates to purchase special items to enrich or just add normalcy to a CASA child's live. Join us on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at Severino's Grill in Aptos. All proceeds from the luncheon go to the CASA Children's Fund.

Those smiles are because of the generosity of so many who made this difficult time a little better by their donations.

... but you CAN make a difference for a child in foster care.
The next training to become a Court Appointed Special Advocate begins January 30th.

We simply can’t do this work without you. Your support will have a lasting impact on the lives of children and youth in foster care. Thank you for your continued support for our children.

Watch Joseph's Story