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Sign up to attend a CASA information meeting in November at https://casaofsantacruz.org/volunteer/information-meeting-signup.html

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.

This month, we’re happy to introduce you to Mette Rubin.

Fall Issue 2017 of the CASA Connection

CASA decided to offer a daytime training after talking with community members that were interested in volunteering but couldn’t participate in the typical training schedule because they do not drive at night, prefer a condensed training schedule, or just like to have their evenings free.

During National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15), we recognize the need for more CASA volunteers who are trained to speak up for the best interest of children in the foster care system. We believe it is important for CASA volunteers to speak the language and understand and appreciate the culture of the children they serve in foster care, so they can make informed recommendations to judges hearing the children’s cases.

Take a look at the pictures from Imagine 2017, September 10th at Chaminade.
Mark your calendars now for September 30, 2018!!

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.

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Step into an exhibit about foster youth made with foster youth.
Lost Childhoods: Voices of Santa Cruz County Foster Youth and the Foster Youth Museum showcases the stories, struggles, and triumphs of youth who are aging out of foster care. You will see personal belongings of foster youth, stunning photography by Ray Bussolari, and four different art installations foster youth created with artists Bridget Henry (CASA Advocate), Melody Overstreet, Elliott Taylor, and Nada Miljkovic.

July Information sessions are:
• Tuesday, July 11, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Live Oak Family Resource Center, located at 1740 17th Ave. in Santa Cruz
• Wednesday, July 19, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at CASA, located at 813 Freedom Blvd. in Watsonville
• Thursday, July 20, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Keller Williams Realty, located at 1414 Soquel Ave. in Santa Cruz
• Tuesday, July 25, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at CASA, located at 813 Freedom Blvd. in Watsonville
• Friday, July 28, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. at Surf City Coffee, located at 9105 Soquel Dr., in Aptos

This month, we sat down with Beth Thomas. Read more...

May Is National Foster Care Month. It's a time to recognize that we each can play a part in enhancing the lives of children and youth in foster care. Here are 25 ways you can help.

Watch Joseph's Story