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California 95076

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Target demographics: Children, aged birth to eighteen 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 2010 we provided 179 children with a Volunteer Advocate to lift up their voice.

Geographic areas served: Santa Cruz County, California

CASA is a child’s voice in dependency court, providing advocacy, stability, and hope to children who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned.
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.

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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, ... more »
Nine years ago when my husband and I were foster parents in charge of a two-year, a volunteer from CASA visited our home. For over a year, the volunteer visited the child every week. She took the girl to the park, on parental visits, and out for ice cream. She became an adult friend during a time of... more »
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