Trains volunteers to work with children who have been removed from their homes, declared dependents of the court due to abuse, neglect or abandonment and placed in foster care.
Court Appointed Special Advocates work for a judge, alongside attorneys and social workers, as sworn officers of the court to advocate for children. Advocates receive an initial 35 hours of training and volunteer 10-15 hours per month on behalf of one child. The volunteer advocates on behalf of the child until the case is resolved
Agency: CASA OF SANTA CRUZ COUNTY
Languages Available: Spanish, English
Payment Description: No fee
Intake and Eligibility: Adult (age 21 or above), be able to commit to seeing the child 2-4 hours a week for up to two years, has no felony convictions, not abuse alcohol or other substances, has a valid driver's license and car insurance(if candidate drives), not be on probation, not have any serious health concerns that could affect his/her ability to volunteer