Court Appointed Special Advocates of Santa Cruz County

Rating: 4.92 stars   36 reviews 481

Issues: Children & Youth, Crime & Law

Location: 813 Freedom Blvd. Watsonville CA 95076 USA

Mission: CASA is a child’s voice in dependency court, providing advocacy, stability, and hope to children who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned.
Results: Since 1992 we have served over 1,500 children in Santa Cruz County. Our volunteers give over 12,750 hours of service each year for our children. In 2010 we completed renovation of our new permanent home in Watsonville. At "CASA's casa" we provide a warm, welcoming, homelike environment where our advocates can meet with their assigned child, play games, complete art projects, or prepare meals in our kitchen.
Target demographics: Children, aged birth to 21 years old, who are in the dependency court and foster care system due to neglect or abuse. In 2010, 52% were male. 57% were Latino, 32% Caucasian, and 8% African American.
Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2014 we provided 218 children with a Volunteer Advocate to lift up their voice.
Geographic areas served: Santa Cruz County, California
2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 77-0305354
http://www.casaofsantacruz.org/

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been a volunteer, supporter and have benefited from this group personally, and I can tell you it's the best run, best trained and most supportive group I've ever worked with. And I've worked with a lot of non profits.

I had a really tough case and was a new CASA. The staff was always there for me, even on a weekend when a challenging situation came up for my child. I was able to make a significant impact on my child's life, and it was in large part to the training and support I got.

And when my husband and I eventually adopted an older youth who had been a CASA child, the staff still supported me with advice and books and invitations to their events. It's like a family. Once you're in, they're there for you.

I'm just super impressed at the whole group and proud to be a part of it. And I get to make an impact on kids in our county who need it most. We're lucky we have this nonprofit on our area.

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Rating: 5 stars  

CASA Santa Cruz is an amazing program. As a volunteer, we get some of the best training I've ever received. The staff are not only supportive, they provide fun things volunteers can do to help CASA and hang out. But of course, the biggest thing is how dedicated everyone involved in this program is to helping the foster youth of our county. Everyone works tirelessly to help these kids out - education, clothing, special needs that come up, help with placement, everything. I've never been so impressed with a non-profit, and I've been involved with many (and even ran one for a few years!)

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteered with CASA of Santa Cruz County this past year and was deeply impressed with the leadership team and staff. They demonstrated firm accountability, solid business management and focus alongside the obvious passion and care for the children they serve day in and day out. I have volunteered with and served on the board of many non-profits: few exhibit the ability to match their love of the work with such astute business management.

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Rating: 2 stars  

I have worked with CASA of SC County for years. Children in their program studied martial arts at my studio. CASA was accountable every time for every child. The child's well-being was the priority...always. I've recently run the Wharf to Wharf for CASA....what a great organization!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Can't believe the lives this organization changes during such a difficult time of life. ABSOLUTELY LOVE everything they do yo support the children and volunteers.

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Rating: 5 stars  

CASA of Santa Cruz is a truly amazing organization. We recruit, train and place volunteers to provide hope and stability for children and youth in the foster care system.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been involved with a lot of non-profits over the years. Never have I been involved with an organization that has so much integrity and heart. They are thoughtful stewards with donors' time and money. As a volunteer, this is one of the most fulfilling and important things I've ever been able to do. My life is forever changed by the girl I was able to serve.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The good that this organization does and the great, caring staff, volunteers and board is immeasurable.

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I am part of Friends of CASA, an auxiliary of CASA that helps raise funds to specifically help CASA children in the foster care system. CASA is a much needed and valuable asset to our foster youth and to the advocates who selflessly offer their time and care to support these children. The staff, Board of Directors, advocates, Friends, and everyone involved with CASA are dedicated to helping these children through a very difficult time.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I could go on for days about CASA, what it provides these wonderful children and the service to the community.
I have been an advocate for ten years, and my involvement with this organization has truly been the most valuable and rewarding experience of my life. There is no doubt in my mind that the advocates play a major role in the positive outcome of these children's futures. Not only have I learned a great deal about the challenges these children and their families face everyday, but I have also learned to be more objective and not judgmental. My compassionate side has grown enormously. I know I have received more than I have given by having the privilege of knowing these children. CASA has and always will have a very special place in my heart.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am volunteer Advocate for a teen-ager. I can attest that the CASA organization, and the commitment of its volunteers, truly change the lives of children in foster care.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I learned about CASA when the late Judge Black came to my Rotary Club and announced that the organization was starting in Santa Cruz and volunteers would be needed. The idea that I could make a difference in the life of a child struck a chord in my heart. It seemed like the right time for me, because I didn't have grandchildren yet.

I am proud to say that I was in the first graduating class and it is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done in my life because being among the first advocates was a scary thing, I will continue to help CASA with their important work in every way that I can.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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