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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

CASA is selling these delicious hand-made organic chocolates and jars of local sage honey to support the CASA Children's Fund - it's not too late to get yours. $20 for a box of chocolates or $15 for an 8-oz jar of honey or 3 jars for $40. The Children's Fund empowers Advocates to purchase special items that enrich or just add normalcy to a CASA child's life. Please email Lyndsey if you want to purchase some goodies.

Have you been curious about CASA?
Come check out the house and learn more about what a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate does to help children and youth in our community.

The first class of 2019 began on January 29 with CASA’S new trainer, Jenny Hundemer. Read the full article.

When is lunch worth $100?
When it supports the CASA Children's Fund!
The Friends of CASA invite you to the 15th Annual For the Love of Children Luncheon on Wednesday, February 13, 11:15 a.m. at Severino's Grill in Aptos. Click for more info and to reserve your spot.

"I am struck by the fact that CASA is an integral part of the system or “family” that is raising the dependent children of Santa Cruz. "
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