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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 video

We are fortunate to have a former Advocate who is also a videographer. Peggy Seltz donated her time and talents to create this great promotional video and we hope you will take a few minutes to watch the video, and hear the stories of children’s lives that have been changed by one caring adult. Click on the image above or follow this link to see the video.

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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:

  • JANUARY 26 – FEBRUARY 25 (T/Th) ~ Swearing in March 1 County Office of Education Annex, 399 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz
  • MAY 10 – JUNE 9 (T/Th) ~ Swearing in June 14 Watsonville
  • AUGUST 15 – SEPTEMBER 21 (M/W, skipping Sept. 5 and 7) ~ Swearing in September 27 Mid-County/Live Oak
  • NOVEMBER 1 – DECEMBER 8 (T/Th, skipping Nov. 8 and 24) ~ Swearing in December 13 LOCATION TBD

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 (follow link to sign up) 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
CASA is a member
of the
Human Care Alliance


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