SBcasaSanta Maria, CA – In honor of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Santa Barbara County is issuing a call to action for residents of Santa Barbara County to stand against child abuse and take action to support children who have been abused or neglected.

On Wednesday, April 5, at 4 PM, in Santa Maria, Juvenile Court Judge Arthur A. Garcia will formally swear in ten community volunteers as Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children. Members of the press and guests are invited to attend. The Juvenile Court is located at 4263 California Boulevard, Santa Maria, CA 93455.

CASA of Santa Barbara County is unique in that it is the only non-profit program working within the court system and utilizing court-appointed community volunteers to help abused and neglected children find safe, permanent, nurturing homes as quickly as possible.

At any given time, there are over 500 children living in foster care in Santa Barbara County. Many of them are waiting for the support of a caring, consistent volunteer with the training to help them heal and thrive. “We are committed to making sure that every child in Santa Barbara County who needs a CASA volunteer has one. This is something we can only do with the help of community citizen’s ready and willing to steak-up for its most vulnerable children and keep them safe,” said Kim Colby Davis, CASA Executive Director. Right now, 67 children are waiting for a CASA volunteer to advocate on their behalf.

Throughout the month of April, CASA of Santa Barbara is calling on members of the community to step up. The next CASA volunteer training will start April 27. 120 new advocates are needed in 2017.

For more information about CASA of Santa Barbara County, to become a supporter or to volunteer, visit www.sbcasa.org or call 805.739.9102 ext. 2594.