Court Appointed Special Advocate
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Advocates for children needed! CASA Lake County recruits, screens, trains and supervises volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children while they are involved in the child welfare system and juvenile court.
Every year more than 1,500 children in Lake County are reported abused and/or neglected - and become part of a child welfare system that is complex, overburdened, and slow. Too many spend years moving from one temporary home to another. They have no family to call their own. They are more likely than other individuals to face homelessness, teen pregnancy, unemployment - even prison - as adults.
As trained advocates, CASA volunteers are appointed by the judge to visit the children every month and provide the court with reports and recommendations regarding the child's "best interests." CASA volunteers also interact with adults who know the children (e.g. caregivers, teachers, therapists, etc.) and advocate for the children's needs while they are in care (e.g. educational, healthcare, physical resources, etc.).
Thorough training is provided (40 hours over 6 weeks). Advocates are appointed to one case at a time, although the number of children in each case will vary. While working on a case, every advocate is supervised and guided by an Advocate Manager. On average, advocate volunteers invest around 10 to 15 hours/month on their cases. A two year minimum commitment (or, ideally, for the life of the case) is expected.
The process: Contact CASA via VolunteerMatch or go to CASA Lake County's website at www.casalakecounty.com and complete an application. We will contact you to schedule a meeting to discuss the role in more detail, answer questions, and identify next steps.
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
About CASA Lake County IL, Inc.
700 Forest Edge Drive, Vernon Hills, IL 60061, US
CASA Lake County promotes and protects the best interest of children who have been abused or neglected, by training volunteers to advocate for them in the court, in schools, and in our community to help them find safe, permanent and loving homes.
Imagine what it would be like to lose your parents because they can't - or won't - take care of you. Now, into your life come dozens of strangers: police, foster parents, social workers, and more. A CASA volunteer brings stability to a life that sorely needs it.
CASA Lake County is part of the nationwide network that is Court Appointed Special Advocates. You can learn more about National CASA at https://casaforchildren.org/
More than 280 volunteers serve nearly 500 children annually in Lake County, IL. Since its inception, CASA Lake County volunteers have helped thousands of children find safe, permanent homes.
Who are Our Advocates?
CASA empowers everyday citizens as appointed members of the court. Volunteers are teachers, business people, retirees, stay-at-home moms, grandparents, and more. Some work full time, others don't...but all are extraordinary people who want to make certain the voices of abused/neglected children are heard. Being a CASA volunteer does not require a specialized degree or legal experience. We provide all the training that's needed.
To apply, or to learn more, go to https://casalakecounty.com/
We'll work with your schedule.
700 Forest Edge DriveVernon Hills, IL 60061
- Verbal / Written Communication
- Child Advocacy
- People Skills
- Relationship Building
- People 55+
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Must be at least 25
- Orientation or Training
- 10-15 hours/month after 40 hours of training. Minimum two year commitment is expected.
- Visit the child(ren) once/month where they are living (which may be outside of Lake County). Write court reports every 3 to 6 months. When possible, attend court during the work week every 3 to 6 months.