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Continuing Education

CSEC Training
Thursday March 7, 2019
6:00-8:00 PM
COE Annex | 399 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz

Register today for this free webinar titled: "Child and Adolescent Development Research, Brain Science, and Quality Parenting"
Thursday February 21, 2019
1:00-2:00 PM

Monday April 8, 2019
6:00-8:30 PM
COE Board Room, 400 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz

Current Events

When is lunch worth $100?
When it supports the CASA Children's Fund!
The Friends of CASA invite you to the 15th Annual For the Love of Children Luncheon on Wednesday, February 13, 11:15 a.m. at Severino's Grill in Aptos. Click for more info and to reserve your spot.

The Rental Assistant Program (RAP) serves low income families with children or disabled and elderly (60 years of age or older) households.

CASA will have a table at the Dignity Health Aging Young Event taking place on Saturday, November 10, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Cocoanut Grove, 400 Beach St., Santa Cruz.

Cita will get all the materials ready for you. You just need to share your love of CASA and invite our community to learn more.

Please email if you can help.

Thank you!

Please join us for Imagine 2018 on Sept 30. This will be a special afternoon to support the only organization dedicated to being the voice for children and youth in foster care, CASA of Santa Cruz County. Enjoy lavish hors d'oeuvres, desserts, wine and beer in the exquisite setting on the hill at the Chaminade. Hear powerful stories from former foster youth and what it has meant for them to have an Advocate with them on their journey.

Come bid on amazing auction items—wine packages, exotic vacations (Hawaii, Costa Rica, and more), and many items crafted and donated by local artists and community members. There truly is something for everyone.

Special offer for CASA advocates at Glow Candle Lounge

Wednesdays, 3:00 p.m.
Watsonville Main Library Storytime Room

Free Stuff

Saturday March 9, 2019
Cabrillo College (Aptos)- Crocker Theatre
6500 Soquel Drive, Building 4000, Aptos

Free entrance to MOD for advocates & CASA children.


CASA is selling these delicious hand-made organic chocolates and jars of local sage honey to support the CASA Children's Fund - it's not too late to get yours. $20 for a box of chocolates or $15 for an 8-oz jar of honey or 3 jars for $40. The Children's Fund empowers Advocates to purchase special items that enrich or just add normalcy to a CASA child's life. Please email Lyndsey if you want to purchase some goodies.

"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. "
Read the full article.

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...

One of the most important steps for high school seniors is to complete their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Even if they are not certain they are going to attend college, this is a great first step.
For a step-by-step guide to help your youth complete the FAFSA check out this link!/a>

Denise brings her years of experience as a teacher as well as all she has learned as a parent of a child with special needs. When she met Jose*, her current CASA child, she learned that he didn’t speak. He was four years old and clearly impacted by trauma. She knew that he understood language and was smart, and while the rest of his team of caregivers and social workers didn’t think he could attend preschool, she knew that with the right support, he would do well. Click to read more.

CASA's greatest need is for more bilingual volunteers to serve children and youth in foster care. Advocate Supervisor, Lucia de la Torre spoke with Univision KSMS for this segment on Despierta Monterey. Please help us find more caring adults who are ready to make a difference for a child in foster care.
View the segment here:

CASA of Santa Cruz County is pleased to announce the appointment of Lynne Petrovic as its new Executive Director effective August 6, 2018. Click for full article

Each month at CASA we celebrate, appreciate and highlight the story and experience of one of our wonderful Advocates. Each has a unique story and perspective and each child that they work with is in a different situation and has different needs. We hope that by sharing their individual stories, we can honor the stories and experiences of all Advocates. This month we got to know Larry Willis

We are so excited to introduce you to Lyndsey Marks! Lyndsey joined CASA of Santa Cruz in June as Development Director. She brings thirteen years of experience working in the non-profit sector with six years in fundraising. Early in her career, she developed a passion for serving youth in need. Working with Bill Wilson Center in Santa Clara County, she helped teens in crisis find much-needed resources to be safe and housed. She developed a nationally recognized best practice youth development program, working with adult mentor volunteers and teen leaders. The last four years, she spent as Development Director for Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, so don’t be surprised to see her tooling around by bike!

Megan Grewohl joined CASA of Santa Cruz in May as an Advocate Supervisor and specialist with older youth in care. We are so lucky to have her on our team! We look forward to benefitting from her ten+ years of experience working in child welfare. She says her love of working with children was born when she was working in summer camps in Michigan (where she is from). She then went on to working in a residential treatment facility before moving from her small farm home-town to sunny Santa Cruz.



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