Meet Sophia

Sophia was removed from her home just before starting preschool. Her teachers noticed she was not learning as quickly as her classmates, and would most likely need extra help to be kindergarten ready. She is now living with her grandparents. She turns five next week.

A volunteer stepped up to advocate for Sophia.

With the help of a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA Volunteer), Sophia was able to thrive. Her volunteer talked to Sophia’s teachers, social workers, parents, and grandparents in order to write a full report to the judge on Sophia’s behalf. Her volunteer was successful in advocating for individualized therapy to work on Sophia’s speech and motor skills. Sophia trusted her CASA volunteer.

In addition to working with the various adults in Sophia’s life, the volunteer got to know Sophia. Every week, the volunteer would take Sophia on a different adventure, and allowed her to just be a kid. She learned that her favorite color is pink, she loves Dr. Seuss books, is afraid of the heights, and wants to be a doctor when she grows up. During the length of Sophia’s case, she had 7 social workers, 3 therapists, and 2 different lawyers but she only had one Court Appointed Special Advocate. 

Towards the end of the case, the volunteer asked Sophia what she wanted. Sophia replied that she would like to be able to call her grandmother, “mommy”. She also asked the volunteer if they could still be friends after she was adopted.

Sophia is now in first grade, she was adopted into a safe home with her grandparents, and her CASA volunteer is still a friend to her and visits from time to time.

70 children, just like Sophia, are still waiting for someone to advocate for them.

Can you give 12-15 hours a month to make a difference in the life of a child?
With your help, every child in need can find a safe, permanent and nurturing home.

Learn more about becoming a CASA volunteer, or apply below.

CASA Volunteer Application

Currently, all the children on our wait list are in Santa Maria/North County. We need volunteers who are able and willing to train and advocate for a child in Santa Maria. If you have questions, please call 739-9102 Ext. 2594, text 868-8890 or email volunteer@sbcasa.org.

Other Ways to Help

Currently, all the children on our wait list are in Santa Maria/North County. We need volunteers who are able and willing to train and advocate for a child in Santa Maria. If you have questions, please call 739-9102 Ext. 2594, text 868-8890 or email volunteer@sbcasa.org. Other ways to get involved include donating, joining our Circle of Hope, or offering event support. Go to sbcasa.org/ways-to-help to learn more.

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Please be aware that CHILDREN ARE FREQUENTLY MOVED. If you have a preference in the county area where you would be willing to accept a case assignment, you may be required to travel to other areas in the county to maintain contact with the child to whom you are assigned.

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Please note - drug/substance (DUI/DWI) violations: Violations under 5 years are reason for exclusion from serving as a CASA volunteer due to Program Policy and Insurance requirements.

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Please list three (3) personal references. One must be employer or co-worker if employed. Teachers, ministers, volunteer supervisors or similar may be used in place of employer if unemployed. Please do not list relatives. All references will be mailed a questionnaire to complete. Application approval is pending receipt of at least three returned references.

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