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Stand Up for a Child:  

Become a Volunteer


"I am for the child who's had seven addresses in a single year.  Because she's in foster care.  Because her father abused her.  And her mother couldn't believe her.  That is the child I am for.  And because I am, she'll be that much more likely to find a safe, permanent home.  I am a Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteer...I am you."


Lift up a child's voice.  A child's life.  Get involved now...call 815-222-6780.


CASA volunteers are men and women who want to help their community's children.  They work for the judge, alongside attorneys and social workers, as officers of the court.


When a volunteer advocate is appointed to a child's case he or she is responsible for taking the time to find out as much as possible about that child.  Volunteers review records, interview parents, tqlk to teachers, neighbors, and, most importantly, the child.


CASA volunteers then appear in court to recommend to the judge the actions and services that meet that particular child's needs at that particular moment in his or her life and for the child's future.


 CASA volunteers come from all walks of life, with a variety of professional, educational, and ethnic backgrounds.  All it takes is a desire to help children and the dedication to stay involved for the life of a case (approximately 24 months).  It takes objectivity, communication and negotiation skills, and the ability to respectfully work with a variety of people.




CASA volunteers are everyday citizens who are specially trained and appointed by the court to advocate for the safety and well-being of children who are victims of abuse and neglect.  They stand up for children and their future.




“The CASA model works because its volunteers make it work.  The children benefit from the time, skill, objectivity, and concern of the CASA volunteer for each child’s welfare.  Appreciated by judicial, legal, and social service communities, CASA volunteers work to change lives one child at a time.” - J. Robert Flores, Administrator, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice



“There is no idea so uplifting as the idea of the service of humanity.” - Woodrow Wilson