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Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Santa Barbara County

Phone: (805) 739-9102 ext 2595
Kim Colby Davis, Kira Cosio


The mission of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Santa Barbara County is to assure a safe, permanent, nurturing home for all abused and/or neglected children by providing a highly trained volunteer to advocate for them in the court system.

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We know you care about where your money goes and how it is used. Connect with this organization’s leadership in order to begin to build this important relationship. Your email will be sent directly to this organization’s director of development and/or Executive Director.

From Donor to Volunteer

“By supporting CASA, you can change the trajectory of a child’s life. For me, investing in our youth is the most important thing we can do, because they are the most vulnerable.”
– Kerrilee Gore, CASA donor and volunteer

A CASA for Every Child

In 2018 and 2019, CASA of Santa Barbara County managed to pair every child in the county’s child welfare system with a trained, volunteer, court-appointed special advocate.
But in August 2019, overall numbers of children entangled with the dependency court have jumped from 520 to around 650, straining the agency’s capacity.
Executive Director Kim Colby Davis is undaunted by the challenge. After all, she and her board launched a plan to serve every child in 2013, which they accomplished ahead of schedule.
“The advantage is we have done this before,” Colby Davis says. “We hit our growth targets over the past five years. We know what to do and we will do it.”
For Colby Davis, the path to ensuring a CASA for every child is straightforward. She needs to hire 1.5 full-time staff and recruit 125 volunteers. The cost: $125,000.

Board of Directors

Heather Ames
Martin Lynch
Vice President
Andrew Dowen
Jim Burge
Governance Chair
Tony Papa
Governance Chair
Jeff Hearn
Julie Henley
Veronica Sandoval
Lindsay Soleimani
Virginia Benson Wigle