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CASA Seeks Advocates for Local Children

As the population continues to grow in Santa Maria, so does the need for volunteers to help our most vulnerable neighbors – our children.

In Santa Barbara County, Court Appointed Special Advocates, known as CASAs, help children who have experienced abuse and neglect get the care and attention they need. There is an increased need for volunteers, most urgently those based in Santa Maria. “We have 26 children on our waiting list right now,” said Kim Colby Davis, Executive Director for CASA.

“Our goal is to represent all children who are brought into the child welfare system because they were not safe in their homes. For someone who wants to make an impact in their community, this is an opportunity to serve in a direct and meaningful way,” Director Davis continued. “CASA volunteers are court-appointed and serve as the eyes and ears of the court, giving impartial recommendations to the judge. In their efforts, volunteers are supported by the professional staff at CASA. We have an incredible team of volunteers, however we still need to find more people who will advocate for a vulnerable child.”

Volunteers, who go through a background check and 30 hours of training, make sure the child’s basic needs are met and that they are in a safe environment. Training is provided, and volunteers report that once trained, they feel well equipped for their volunteer role. CASA serves children of all ages, from newborn thru age 20.

Visit or call 805-868-8890 to learn what it takes to become a volunteer and advocate for children who are most at risk in our community