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Williamson County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), a non-profit organization and member of the National and Illinois CASA Association, advocates for the best interest of abused and neglected children. Based on the belief that children are entitled to a safe and permanent home, CASA works in collaboration with legal counsel and community resources to serve as the child's advocate and represents the child in juvenile court.
The Williamson County CASA organization is made up of trained community volunteers who are each appointed to a child's case by the Juvenile Court Judge to speak up for the child in court. Usually the case is in the system due to neglect or abuse the child has suffered. In many instances, a child in the system may suffer a second time, lost in an overburdened child welfare system that cannot pay close attention to each child whose life is in its hands. Sometimes a child may remain adrift in foster care much longer than need be. Our CASA volunteers help to ensure that the child's best interests towards a safe and permanent home are always in the forefront during the lifetime of his/her case. In representing the child's best interest a CASA volunteer serves as: * an advocate, making sure that each child's need for a safe and permanent home is acted upon in a sensitive and expedient manner; * an investigator, gathering facts, discerning options and preparing reports to be submitted to court * a facilitator, assisting the court and social services agencies in eliminating delays and advancing the child's case in a timely fashion. * a monitor, checking compliance with court orders and notifying the court of the circumstances which may require modification of an order or further court action. Williamson County CASA's goal is to provide each abused and neglected child a CASA volunteer to speak for them in court.
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