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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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Many times, children being bullied are frightened to talk about what's happening to them. For many children in foster care, their CASA can be the one adult they trust enough to speak to. Click image to see full post.

CASA's greatest need is for more bilingual volunteers to serve children and youth in foster care. Advocate Supervisor, Lucia de la Torre spoke with Univision KSMS for this segment on Despierta Monterey. Please help us find more caring adults who are ready to make a difference for a child in foster care.
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Please join us for Imagine 2018 on Sept 30. This will be a special afternoon to support the only organization dedicated to being the voice for children and youth in foster care, CASA of Santa Cruz County. Enjoy lavish hors d'oeuvres, desserts, wine and beer in the exquisite setting on the hill at the Chaminade. Hear powerful stories from former foster youth and what it has meant for them to have an Advocate with them on their journey.

Come bid on amazing auction items—wine packages, exotic vacations (Hawaii, Costa Rica, and more), and many items crafted and donated by local artists and community members. There truly is something for everyone.

In Santa Cruz County more than 500 children live in foster care each year because they have been abused, neglected or abandoned. Most of our county’s children in foster care live in Watsonville and about 25% need help from someone who speaks Spanish.

CASA of Santa Cruz County is pleased to announce the appointment of Lynne Petrovic as its new Executive Director effective August 6, 2018. Click for full article

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