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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For years in my capacity as a therapist and social worker I was very aware of the value of the
CASA program. Children who were in the child welfare system were blessed by being matched
with a compassionate and well trained volunteer. Many years later I was invited to provide a team
building workshop for the staff and board. I was so impressed by the members, the collaborate spirit
and there commitment to the children in our community. That day the board president asked if I was
interested in being a member and I said yes. The reason I said yes is because this board and staff are some of the most involved, passionate and committed group I have worked with. I am honored to be a part of this organization and to make a difference to the many children in need.
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