CASA of Santa Barbara County is pleased to announce a new team member who has joined to help the many children in our community facing abuse and/or neglect. With nearly 300 children being served and a waiting list of more than 60, Cozetta Blow is ready to help our volunteers.

As Advocate Supervisor for CASA of Santa Barbara County, Blow will work alongside Associate Director Aaron Pankratz, where she will support and supervise CASA volunteers in their roles as child advocates. Originally from Missouri, Blow moved to Lompoc, California, at the age of six and loves the diverse community. “Cozetta brings a great mix of experience and passion for victims of crime. She is a great fit for CASA. I am excited to see the positive impact she will make through our organization”, said Pankratz

Blow brings twenty-one years of experience in the social services field with proven results and experience working with domestic violence victims, mental health patients, alcohol and drug addiction services, sexual assault victims, at- risk teens, and the homeless population. She has obtained advanced training in human services, alcohol & drug studies, family studies and social work, specializing in domestic violence and family services.  “In my twenty-one years of working in the social services field in Santa Barbara County, I saw countless children being placed in foster care or living in homes with family violence. Working for CASA allows me to solely focus on the needs of children and be a voice for so many whose voices have been silenced by trauma, neglect, and abuse.” Blow’s expertise in victim services, and community resources combined with her love of people, will make an effective addition to this team.

In her quieter time, Blow volunteers for the Salvation Army Lompoc Service Extension, and as a youth worker and usher for her church. She enjoys spending time with her family, walking on the beach and horseback riding.

 

About CASA of Santa Barbara County

CASA, which stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates, trains volunteers who are sworn in by a juvenile court judge to help ensure abused or neglected children find a safe, permanent home as quickly as possible. The role of a CASA volunteer is to act as an extra pair of eyes and ears for the court, collecting information through observation and interviews with key people in the child’s life before reporting back to the judge.

A CASA volunteer advocate speaks on behalf of the child in court. The volunteer meets with the child, family members, teachers, foster parents, and others involved in a foster child’s life. The volunteer gathers facts for the court and presents information before a judge in the best interest of the child.

Volunteers complete an application process which includes a screening interview, background and reference checks, and 30 hours of pre-service training. After completion of the pre-service training, volunteers are sworn in as officers of the court. This gives them the legal authority to conduct research on the child’s situation and submit reports to the court.

For more information, contact Cozetta Blow at (805) 357-4268 or email cozetta@sbcasa.org.