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Court Appointed Special Advocates of Santa Cruz County

Rating: 4.92 stars   39 reviews 2,395

Address:

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

Programs:

Court appointed special advocates of santa cruz county (casa) is a nonprofit organization incorporated in the state of california in 1992. The organization recruits, trains, and supervises advocates appointed by the dependency court to provide a voice for children who have experienced abuse or neglect and are in the foster care system. Casa's volunteers also assist in ensuring that the health, educational, and permanency needs of these children are met. In the fiscal year 2014-2015, casa provided 226 children with a volunteer advocate and trained 86 new volunteers to be advocates. We had 614 visits to the casa house by children with their advocates. We provided 20 "continuing education" workshops or events with our volunteers. Casa is supported primarily through public and private grants and donor contributions.

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(831) 761-2956
http://www.casaofsantacruz.org/

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Reviews for Court Appointed Special Advocates of Santa Cruz County

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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   Featured Review

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  

There is no better organization than CASA Santa Cruz! It's a win-win-win for kiddos who have been removed from their homes due to neglect or abuse, volunteer advocates who spend time with kiddos, and the community which benefits from healthy relationships as a result.
The staff is supportive and caring of kids and advocates. Please consider lending your time and spirit to CASA Santa Cruz.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Santa Cruz County deserves to be recognized for the outstanding
support of children and families it provides. I have never been involved with such a dedicated, efficient and caring organization that puts kids first. As a retired teacher I saw the benefits firsthand to my students in foster care. As a volunteer I experience the benefits to everyone when children are prioritized.

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?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

CASA is the most professional, dedicated and caring organization I have ever volunteered with. If you believe the children are our future, there is no better way to act on this belief than becoming an advocate for a foster child. When my CASA kiddo, calls out my name and rushes to join me for an afternoon of activity, enrichment and fun, I melt. The joy for both of us is in the connection.

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  

CASA of Santa Cruz County is a very special organization. The staff and numerous volunteers support and advocate for local children who have been abused or neglected. It is emotional and deeply transformative work. The difference they make in the lives of local kids who have a really hard go at life is remarkable. The people who make up the organization are incredible human beings who work with harmony, efficiency, and competency. The impact they make and the authentic caring peopole they are moved me to not only make significant financial contributions but to also proudly participate as a board member. You will be hard-pressed to find a non-profit that is more professionally run and locally impactful.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been on a number of non-profit boards, and this one is by far the most focused and best run, with a clear mission and accountability measures to monitor progress toward goal. We leverage the power of volunteers to provide the most vulnerable children in our community with a much needed voice in dependency court and the crucial decisions that affect their lives. CASA is unusual among local non-profits in its financial solvency, both currently and for the future. I attribute this to the strength of the staff and staff leadership, as well as the organization's laser-like focus on its contained but critical mission.

 
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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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