Court Appointed Special Advocates of Santa Cruz County
Rating: 4.92 stars 36 reviews
Issues: Children & Youth, Crime & Law
Location: 813 Freedom Blvd. Watsonville CA 95076 USA
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
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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 uncertainty. In a difficult time, a CASA volunteer made a positive impact. I am indebted to CASA and it's volunteers forever.
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