Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Collaborative Health and Human Services


Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is an agency that serves families and children that are in the dependency court system in Santa Cruz County. The advocacy program helps children have a person advocating for them at all times. The advocates will advocate for the children's best interest and provide children in a safe and healthy environment. Youth in the foster care system are less likely to engage and attend program activities. The problem will be addressed by CASA participating in creating more events for foster youth. CASA will work closely with other organizations in the community to engage youth to attend events. A needs assessment was created for foster youth between the ages of 12-21 to determine what kind type of event, the time, location and days that worked best to increase the participation rates. The expected outcome is for youth to attend the event and the possibility of attendance to increase by double. Due to COVID-19 CASA will not be having an event. In the future when events are allowed in the county the needs assessment will be used to determine the CASA event.