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Child Abuse Prevention Month is a great time to get involved and make a difference.You can help make great childhoods happen by becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate, making a donation or visiting our CASA store and helping spread the word about CASA.

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 got to know Savanna Sandusky.

CASA is looking for someone to be an integral part of its success and serve as its new Development Director. Join our team of dedicated staff and trained volunteers at CASA of Santa Cruz County and help to make a difference in the lives of children and youth in the foster care.
For a full job description and instructions on how to apply, CLICK HERE.

Deadline for applications is April 23, 2018. Early submissions are encouraged; CASA reserves the right to begin interviews as soon as qualified applicants’ resumes are received. No calls please.

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 p.am. 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
OR
• Wedensday, March 14, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at CASA, located at 813 Freedom Blvd. in Watsonville.
Sign up at https://casaofsantacruz.org/volunteer/information-meeting-signup.html

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!

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 sat down with Mari Briones.

CASA volunteers are everyday people, trained by CASA and then appointed by judges to advocate for the safety of children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect. Click for full article...

The CASA Board would like to share with our community that after serving for six years as the Executive Director of CASA of Santa Cruz County, Cynthia Druley will be retiring in August of this year. Click to read the full announcement.

We have an immediate opening for a part-time Events Coordinator. This position works on the planning and implementation of CASA's two major fundraising events. Approximately 10 hours/week.

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 got to talk with Sarah Amador.

Those smiles are because of the generosity of so many who made this difficult time a little better by their donations.

... but you CAN make a difference for a child in foster care.
The next training to become a Court Appointed Special Advocate begins January 30th.

We simply can’t do this work without you. Your support will have a lasting impact on the lives of children and youth in foster care. Thank you for your continued support for our children.

This month we get to know Val Rathbone.

Take the first step towards making a difference for a child in foster care - attend an information meeting this month.
Sign up at https://casaofsantacruz.org/volunteer/information-meeting-signup.html.

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!

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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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