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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

Thank you to everyone who attended CASA's For the Love of Children luncheon on 2/7. It was an amazing event, especially the testimonial of 18-year old CASA youth Raquel and her Advocate, Cindy. Many thanks to Laurie Aiello for taking these wonderful photographs -- you can truly see the love of children in everyone's eyes!

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 sat down with Mari Briones.

CASA volunteers are everyday people, trained by CASA and then appointed by judges to advocate for the safety of children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect. Click for full article...

The CASA Board would like to share with our community that after serving for six years as the Executive Director of CASA of Santa Cruz County, Cynthia Druley will be retiring in August of this year. Click to read the full announcement.

We have an immediate opening for a part-time Events Coordinator. This position works on the planning and implementation of CASA's two major fundraising events. Approximately 10 hours/week.

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