CASA is an acronym for Court Appointed Special Advocates. Court Appointed Special Advocates are volunteers sworn in by a judge as “Friends of the Court.” These volunteers are trained and supported by paid CASA staff to monitor the court cases of children aged birth to eighteen who have been adjudicated as abused, neglected and/or dependent by the juvenile court system. CASA volunteers are appointed by a judge to serve as an advocate for the purpose of speaking in the child’s best interest.
CASA of DuPage County, Inc., was founded in April of 1993 when it entered into a formal agreement with the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Court, DuPage County, Illinois. During its first year of operation, CASA of DuPage County, Inc. supported 15 volunteer advocates who were the voices for 33 abused and neglected children. By 2011, a total of 301 children benefited by having one of 154 volunteers as their CASA Advocate. CLICK Read more to watch the quick, moving video about the great work CASA Advocates do, then BOOST CASA of DuPage by buying a shirt or making a tax deductible donation.
CASA of DuPage County serves 100% of the children in the juvenile court system: every child in DuPage who is adjudicated as abused or neglected is assigned an Advocate to speak on their behalf.
CASA of DuPage County is a 501©3 not for profit and is funded solely by private contributions, major events and grants. Any contribution you make is sincerely appreciated. CASA of DuPage County is the only program of its kind in the county and provides this service at no charge to the tax payers, the courts or the families involved. Your contribution is 100% tax deductible.
The $5,000 we raise through this Project will go toward supporting CASA of DuPage County’s Fall Advocate Training Class. CASA served 356 children last fiscal year, the largest number of children in the organization’s 20 year history. Now, more than ever, training and support of the CASA Advocates is critical in order to meet the growing number of children, who through no fault of their own, find themselves in the juvenile court system. CASA of DuPage County is the only organization acting as “the voice of the child” in court. Your support helps those voices remain heard.
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Being new to CASA, we were blown away by the level of selfless commitment made by the Volunteer Advocates. To start, they must complete 35 hours of training and 3 hours of court observation. They are asked to make a minimum 18-month commitment to the program though they must see their case through to completion. In 2011, the average case was 30 months long. Over the last year, CASA of DuPage advocates spent 6000 hours on their cases and drove 14,000 miles. All to give abused and neglected children a voice.
When we considered what these folks were doing, we thought superheroes. We saw ordinary people shedding their everyday personas to do extraordinary things for the Child. So, our design is first to honor these special individuals who exhibit they clearly are for the Child. But, secondly, to call us all to unleash our own superheroes, in word and action, and also declare “I AM FOR THE CHILD.”
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