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CASA OF MCHENRY COUNTY

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The role of a CASA is to give a child a voice in court by providing an accurate picture of the child's wants and needs.

The CASA is expected to:

  • visit with the child at least twice per month
  • observe parent/child visitations
  • investigate the child's situation and needs by conducting interviews with relevant people and researching records
  • monitor all placements to prevent further abuse and neglect
  • submit reports for the judge
  • attend court hearings
Assigned by the court, a CASA continues to advocate for the best interests of the child for the life of each case until permanency is achieved and the case is closed. One of the best gifts a CSA brings is the presence of a consistent, concerned adult in a child's life.

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About CASA OF MCHENRY COUNTY

Location:

630 North State Route 31, Suite 101, CRYSTAL LAKE, IL 60012, US

Mission Statement

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of McHenry County's mission is to provide well-trained volunteers who advocate for abused and neglected children in our court system. Volunteers are trained by and receive complete support form the CASA program to help them through each case. Every year, McHenry County receives more than 2,000 reports of child abuse and neglect. Over 600 children become involved in the foster care system, many of whom end up in court as victims of abuse and neglect. Professionals working on these cases change regularly, making it difficult for children to build trust. Because CASAs are assigned to only one case at a time, they are able to provide the consistency and individualized attention that is often missing in the life of abused and neglected children. Children with a CASA gain a caring and supportive person who always looks out for their best interests.

Description

Children with a CASA:
- spend less time in foster care, an average of 8 months less.
- are more likely to find a safe, permanent home.
- are more likely to be adopted and half as likely to re-enter foster care.
- receive more help and services while involved in the court system.

Advocacy & Human Rights
Children & Youth
Community

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

630 N STATE ROUTE 31Ste 101Crystal Lake, IL 60012

(42.25871,-88.2874)
 

SKILLS

  • Child Welfare
  • Advocacy
  • Child Advocacy
  • Fundraising
  • Social Work

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • 40 hour initial training program; 10-12 hours per month on a case; 12 hours annually continuing education
  • CASAs are assigned to a case for the entirety of the case which is a minimum of one year and an average of two years.

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