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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 offering a special daytime training beginning on Sept 30. Rather than the typical evening training of two nights a week for five weeks, this training will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for roughly two weeks, Monday through Thursday (Sept 30 – Oct 15)

On August 13, 2019, the Hon. Ariadne Symons swore in 18 community members as Court Appointed Special Advocates for children in foster care. This was upon their completion of the CASA 35-hour training program.

If you have 2-4 hours a week to be there for a child in foster care, you CAN make a difference. 

This year marks the ten year anniversary of the Casa for CASA Capital Campaign. Ten years ago, a dedicated group of staff, Board and community members launched the Casa for CASA Capital Campaign to raise funds to purchase the beautiful CASA home in Watsonville.

Marlene had been sober for seven years when a traumatic event in her family triggered a relapse and she had begun using again. She was scared and overwhelmed the day the Dependency Court Judge removed her children from her care. She felt like the Judge only saw her drug addiction, not her love for her children or her deep regret for getting to this point. She says that she knows now the Judge was seeing much more than she thought at the time, and she is thankful the Court stepped in when they did. It saved her family. Click to read the full story.

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