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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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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.

Meet our new Advocate Supervisor and Early Childhood Specialist, Roxy Greenspan!

When children must be removed from their families due to abuse or neglect, it is the hope that most children will be able to return to a safe home.

If you have 2-4 hours a week to be there for a child in foster care, you CAN make a difference.
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Congratulations to our newest class of Court Appointed Special Advocates sworn in this week by Judge Connolly.

Watch Conny's Story