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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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"I am struck by the fact that CASA is an integral part of the system or “family” that is raising the dependent children of Santa Cruz. "
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When someone becomes interested in volunteering as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for a child in foster care, they don’t always know what they will be doing as a CASA for a baby. Becky became the CASA for Janie when she came into the foster care system at three months old. When Janie was reunited with her birth parents, Becky’s advocacy went into high gear.
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CASA of Santa Cruz County lost an important member of our CASA family on November 19, 2018. During his more than 15 years as a dedicated CASA Advocate, Dave Bartlett supported and mentored nine children and youth; and in 2003 was chosen from thousands of Advocates nationwide as National Child Advocate of the Year by the National CASA Association. Read more...

Conny was just four years old when she was removed from her parents’ care and placed in her first foster home. Over the years, she was moved to seven different homes and ended up feeling unwanted and alone. It was difficult to trust anyone and she began to emotionally shut down. Click to read more.

Did you know that volunteers devote just 2-4 hours a week to showing up for a child or youth in foster care, and the impact they can have is life-changing?
Upcoming information meetings are:
Tuesday, December 11, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at CASA, 813 Freedom Blvd. in Watsonville; OR
Tuesday, December 11, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Live Oak Family Resource Center, located at 1740 17th Ave. in Santa Cruz
Sign up or view dates, times and locations of other information meetings HERE.

Watch Conny's Story