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February, 6-2013 CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of San Benito County together with Voices for Children CASA Monterey celebrated and honored the great advocacy work of their volunteers yesterday at Kula Ranch in Marina.

The guests were treated with great food, drinks and entertainment by local singer Martha Hill. In 2012, CASA volunteers for San Benito County logged in 3000+ volunteer hours and served more than 30 foster children. Unselfishly they have supported and guided children in San Benito County’s foster care system by building relationships to help restore a child’s trust. The advocates are trained volunteers who are assigned to children in the Dependency System of the courts, commonly known as foster children; they advocate and speak up in the children’s best interest. Permanency planning, educational support, health and wellness, and safe family connections; as well as exposing children to extra-curricular activities are the focus of their advocacy work. Our community is in need of additional volunteers who are interested in becoming CASA advocates for foster children from San Benito County.

Training is conducted in Hollister and the next class is scheduled to start at the end of the month. If you wish to sign up or interested in receiving additional information, contact Esther Curtice at 831-637-4992 or email