CASA advocates for children within Ogle County

Posted 4/22/20

CASA – 15th Judicial Circuit is a non-profit, volunteer organization that advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children within the Juvenile Court system in Lee, Carroll and Ogle Counties.

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CASA advocates for children within Ogle County

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CASA – 15th Judicial Circuit is a non-profit, volunteer organization that advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children within the Juvenile Court system in Lee, Carroll and Ogle Counties.  

CASA is instrumental in fulfilling society’s most fundamental obligation by making sure a qualified, compassionate adult will protect and fight for a child’s right to be safe, to be treated with dignity and respect and to learn and grow in the safe embrace of a loving family.

 Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian ad Litem (CASA/GAL) volunteers are ordinary people doing extraordinary things to serve children in our abuse/neglect courts each year.  Our CASA volunteers are everyday citizens appointed by judges to advocate for the safety and well-being of children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect.  They stand up for our children and make a difference one child at a time.

 What does it take to be a CASA?  

Commitment to children, Objectivity, Responsibility, Communication skills, the ability to talk with different kinds of people, some of whom will be wrestling with difficult problems, about 8-15 hours a month, and must be 21 years of age or older. No special experience is required. CASA volunteers come from all professions, educational backgrounds and ethnic backgrounds.  

Once accepted, volunteers are trained in courtroom procedure, social services, the juvenile justice system and the special needs of children who have been abused and neglected.

For more information on becoming a CASA Volunteer please call 815-222-6780, email casadirector@casa15.comcastbiz.net, visit our website at http://casa15thdistrict.org/ or find us on Facebook.