Mission Statement
Court Appointed Special Advocates of Santa Cruz County trains volunteers and provides a voice for abused and neglected children in the foster care system.
Location
813 Freedom Blvd., Watsonville, Ca, 95076
Established
1992
Hours
Mon-Fri, 9:00-5:00
Phone
(831) 761-2956
Web
CASA of Santa Cruz County
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CASA Santa Cruz on Facebook
Executive Director
Cynthia Druley
What CASA Does
CASA of Santa Cruz County recruits, screens, trains and supervises volunteers to act on behalf of one child in the juvenile dependency court system. The CASA develops a one-on-one relationship with the child. CASA volunteers also work with attorneys and social workers. They review records, research information, and talk to anyone involved with the child, including parents, extended family members, doctors and teachers.
From information gathered, a volunteer presents his or her best recommendations to the judge, for the safety and welfare of his or her CASA child. Very often, a case involving an abused child can slip through the cracks in the overburdened child welfare system. The best hope for that child is one pair of eyes and ears focused intently upon him or her. Those eyes and ears belong to that child's very own personal CASA volunteer.
Children with a CASA Advocate are…
* More stable while in foster care;
* Receive more of the physical and emotional resources they need to heal;
* Better able to succeed in school;
* Less likely to return to the system.
Children with a CASA Advocate are more likely to grow into healthy adults who can break the cycle of abuse and neglect.
How To Volunteer
Volunteer information and orientation sessions are held twice monthly (in Capitola and Watsonville). Contact Danielle, Danielle@casaofsantacruz.org to RSVP and for location details.

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