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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

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. We will randomly choose an Advocate who has their volunteer file up to date (monthly logs, insurance information, driver’s license) to be our Featured Advocate each month.

CASA will be offering a special daytime training this fall. Sign up now!

Many youth that were involved with the planning of the Lost Childhoods Exhibit wanted to create opportunities exclusively for youth in foster care. It's finally here! The Lost Childhoods Alternative Expressions have been hard at work putting these together. The first program is Watercolor Journaling on Sunday, September 10th at 12:30-2:30pm at the MAH. Questions? Message Karen at karenm@santacruzmah.org. For youth ages 13-25. Please help spread the word!

Sign up now to attend a CASA information meeting in September. With just a few hours a week, you can make a difference for a child in foster care.

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.


Watch Joseph's Story