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"CASA is a child's voice in dependency court, providing advocacy, stability, and hope to children who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned."

Court Appointed Special Advocates
of Santa Cruz County

As many as 600 local children each year live in the Santa Cruz County dependency system because of parental abuse or neglect. Each day they face uncertainty and trauma, their lives a sea of ever-changing professionals who –although well-meaning- are nonetheless strangers; police, social workers, foster parents, therapists, judges, lawyers and many others.

This is where CASA steps in.  For more than 200 of these children each year, one person is consistently there; a caring person whose focus is solely on them, a person whose reassuring presence does not change; the child's volunteer CASA Advocate.  Read more.

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CASA is a member of the Human Care Alliance

help wanted
Job Opportunities at CASA
Join a team of dedicated professional staff, community members, and trained volunteers and make a difference in the lives of children and youth. Deadline for applications is October 6, 2014. Find out more.

Congratulations to CASA’s
newest class of graduating Advocates!


Learn more about volunteering as a Court Appointed Special Advocate by attending an information session.

Info sessions are held throughout the county at various times of day.
Click here to view dates and locations.

Next volunteer trainings will be:
  • August 11 – September 17 (M/W) at County Office of Education in Santa Cruz.
  • October 23 – December 2 (T/Th) at United Way in Capitola
Note: CASA offers four trainings per year. Trainings span 5 weeks and take place two nights a week from 6-9:00 p.m. You must attend an information session (see schedule below) and screening interview before joining training. Click here learn the steps to becoming an Advocate.

Questions? Contact Outreach Coordinator at or (831) 761-2956, ext. 102

Read true stories of our Advocates and children.



We’re closing in on our goal of raising $50,000
to empower volunteers to advocate for
life-changing results for a child in foster care.

Please make your donation today! 
Thank you so much!   Find out more.