Maite Garcia-AroneCourt Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Santa Barbara County is pleased to welcome Maite Garcia-Arone in the position of CASA Court Officer.

In her role, Maite is responsible for two primary functions: tracking and reporting on juvenile dependency hearings to CASA staff, and monitoring and advocating for dependents of the court placed outside of Santa Barbara County.

“CASA is important to me because it is soulful work that aligns with my values of integrity, altruism, and a fierce need to be doing something meaningful for children in our community.” said Maite.

Maite has consistently worked in the field of serving children and families in struggle and trauma.  After graduating from Cal Poly, she began a fourteen year span in the District Attorney’s Office as a Victim Witness Advocate, Truancy Social Worker and finally Truancy Program Supervisor until the program’s funding ended.  She has worked for the past six years as an integral part of the attorneys who represent children in the Dependency system, where she first learned about and fell in love with CASA’s mission. She is enthusiastic about the opportunity to make even more of a positive impact on the lives of children.

“Ms. Garcia-Arone has a long history of support for CASA and a dedication to advocating for the vulnerable in our community. The children we serve are the most fragile of victims, and we know that adding Maite to the CASA team will give them an added level of protection. ” said Kim Colby Davis, CASA Executive Director.  “I am impressed by her dedication to advocating for children, and thrilled that she decided to join our incredible team at CASA of Santa Barbara County.”

The Mission of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Santa Barbara County is to assure a safe, permanent, nurturing home for every abused and/or neglected child by providing a highly trained volunteer to advocate for them in the court system. CASA is central to fulfilling society’s most fundamental obligation by making sure a qualified, compassionate adult will fight for and protect a child’s right to be safe, to be treated with dignity and respect and to learn and grow in the safe embrace of a loving family.

For more information contact Lydia Thomas at (805) 357-2595 or email Lydia@sbcasa.org.