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Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Santa Barbara County is a local nonprofit that recruits, trains, and supports community volunteers to serve as advocates for children who have experienced abuse or neglect throughout Santa Barbara County. We believe every child deserves a voice.

When a child is removed from their home due to abuse or neglect, they enter a confusing world of court proceedings and competing interests— they have a lawyer, but that lawyer may have hundreds of other cases to deal with. The child’s social worker, likewise, has a full caseload and may only see the child once a month. The judge gets to know the case but sees the child infrequently, and in a courtroom setting.

That’s where CASA volunteers come in.

A CASA volunteer gets to know the child and the child’s situation. The volunteer sees the child every week, and regularly talks to the child’s teachers, parents, other family members, social workers, lawyer, and often therapists, in order to get a clear picture of what is going on—and then the volunteer advocates for that child’s best interests.

Children with a CASA volunteer have access to more services, and they are more likely to thrive. CASA volunteers make a real and lasting difference in the lives of the most vulnerable children in our community. To learn more about the impact of a CASA volunteer, click here.


The mission of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Santa Barbara County is to assure a safe, permanent, nurturing home for all abused and/or neglected children by providing a highly trained volunteer to advocate for them in the court system.


Our vision is for every child to have a safe, loving home and to be given the opportunity to thrive.

We Believe

  • all children should be safe from abuse and neglect
  • in the value of giving children in foster care a voice
  • every child deserves a safe and loving home
  • each child in care deserves someone advocating for their best interest
  • every child deserves a stable home to grow up in
  • every child deserves a chance to succeed and become an important adult in our community
  • a volunteer advocate is a critical voice for children’s needs
  • that by providing a voice for children in the foster system, their needs will be met
  • every child has the right to be safe and healthy
  • every child has a right to be heard and to feel secure in a forever home
  • that when you save a child now, you save generations to come

Proven Track Record

Since our establishment in 1993, CASA of Santa Barbara County has remained committed to our mission of providing exceptional advocacy for children. Over the years, we have continuously improved our program and embraced innovative approaches to ensure the highest quality of care and support for the children we serve. Our unwavering dedication to excellence has earned us recognition as a leader in our field, and we take pride in our continued growth and innovation as we strive to make a lasting positive impact on the lives of vulnerable children in our community.

Dedicated Leadership

At CASA of Santa Barbara County, our steadfast commitment to being the best in child advocacy is fueled by the compelling stories of the children we serve and the unwavering dedication of our CASA volunteers, staff, and board. Every day, we are motivated by the unique journeys and experiences of these children, and the deep-rooted commitment of our CASAs, staff, and board members to making a positive difference in their lives. Our passion for excellence in child advocacy drives us to continually strive for the highest standards of care, support, and advocacy for the children who need it the most, and we are proud to be leaders in our field.

Nationally Recognized

A member of the National CASA/GAL Association, CASA of Santa Barbara County is consistently ranked among the top CASA programs out of nearly 1,000 programs nationwide based on the percentage of children served.