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Cause Areas

When

It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.

Where

700 Forest Edge DriveVernon Hills, IL 60061

Make A Difference In an Abused and Neglected Child's Life

About

Advocates for children needed! Every year more than half a million abused and neglected children are 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 children to face homelessness, teen pregnancy, unemployment, even prison as adults.

CASA exists to ensure the abuse or neglect these children originally suffered at home doesn't continue at the hands of the system. As trained advocates, CASA volunteers are appointed by the judge to gather information about the child and provide the court with reports and recommendations regarding the child's "best interests".

CASAs act as the eyes & ears of the judge - and the voice of the child. The goal: ensure the children move into a safe, permanent home as quickly as possible.

Thorough training is provided (40 hours over 6 weeks) evening and daytime training options are available. Every advocate is supervised and guided by an Advocate Manager. On average, advocates invest around 10 to 15 hours/month on their cases. A 2 year commitment (or, ideally, for the life of the case) is requested.

The process: go to CASA Lake County's website at www.casalakecounty.com and complete an application; we will then contact you to schedule a meeting to discuss the role in detail, answer questions, and identify next steps.

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Skills

  • Verbal / Written Communication

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 25
  • Orientation or Training
  • Two years service required
  • 12 credits of Continuing Education per year
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