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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.

Annual Report

Congratulations to our newest Advocates!
Sworn in September, 2015

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:
  • October 27 – December 1 (T/Th) at Twin Lakes Church in Aptos
  • January 26 – February 25 (T/Th) at County Office of Education in Santa Cruz
  • May 17 – June 23 (T/Th) Location to be determined

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

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