Capstone Project (Open Access)
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Health, Human Services and Public Policy
Collaborative Health and Human Services
CASA of Santa Cruz County is a nonprofit organization that serves youth in the foster care system, by pairing them with a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). CASA’s are volunteers who devote their time by supporting youth through dependency court. The Hispanic/Latino foster youth that requires a Spanish-speaking advocate wait twice as long for a CASA, compared to a youth who is non-Spanish speaking. This research project gathered information regarding the importance of Hispanic/Latino youth in foster care being paired with a Spanish-speaking advocate. Interviews were conducted with former youth who were matched with a CASA. The interviews showed when a Hispanic/Latino youth is paired with a bilingual CASA, language barriers within the youth and family are broken and advocacy is prioritized. This information will help with the implementation of outreach for Spanish-speaking volunteers and will lead to Hispanic/Latino youth waiting less time for a CASA.
Rodriguez, Jackelin, "The Rise of Spanish Speaking Advocates at CASA of Santa Cruz" (2021). Capstone Projects and Master's Theses. 1042.