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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

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 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.

Come to an information meeting this month to learn how you can become a Court Appointed Special Advocate.
• Tuesday, March 13, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Live Oak Family Resource Center, located at 1740 17th Ave. in Santa Cruz
• Wedensday, March 14, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at CASA, located at 813 Freedom Blvd. in Watsonville.
Sign up at

Please Dine with CASA on Tuesday March 27, at the Shadowbrook Restaurant in Capitola and 33% of your check will benefit CASA of Santa Cruz County.
You must let your server know that you are Dining for CASA.

Reservations are recommended, call 831-475-1511 to make yours.

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!

Watch Joseph's Story