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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.


  • Children Served

    270

  • Volunteer Hours

    22,900

  • In Kind Value

    $603000

  • Active Volunteers

    300

News & Events

Child Abuse Prevention Month is a great time to get involved and make a difference.You can help make great childhoods happen by becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate, making a donation or visiting our CASA store and helping spread the word about CASA.

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 know Savanna Sandusky.

CASA is looking for someone to be an integral part of its success and serve as its new Development Director. Join our team of dedicated staff and trained volunteers at CASA of Santa Cruz County and help to make a difference in the lives of children and youth in the foster care.
For a full job description and instructions on how to apply, CLICK HERE.

Deadline for applications is April 23, 2018. Early submissions are encouraged; CASA reserves the right to begin interviews as soon as qualified applicants’ resumes are received. No calls please.

Long-time Advocate Denise Gomez is one of seven recipients of the 2018 Cesar Chavez Community Awards.
Please join us at the awards celebration on Thursday, March 22, from 6 – 8 p.am. at the Civic Plaza Community Room, 275 Main Street, 4th floor, in Watsonville.

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 introduce you to Tracy Baker. Click to read her story.


Watch Joseph's Story