NEWS - MARCH 2010 - GOLF INVITATION MATERIALS - CASA of DUPAGE
CASA of DuPage County is holding its Superheroes Golf Outing
on Monday, May 24th 2010 at the
26w151 Butterfield Rd.
Wheaton, IL 60189
pdf of full registration materials)
CASA of DuPage County Inc. is located in the DuPage County
Judicial Center in Wheaton, but we serve all 45 towns in DuPage
County. CASA is an acronym for Court Appointed Special Advocates.
Court Appointed Special Advocates are volunteers who are trained
and supported by paid CASA staff to monitor court cases of children
from birth to twenty-one years of age, who have been adjudicated
as abused, neglected and/or dependent. By way of a formal court
order, trained volunteer advocates are assigned to observe a
child's case through its duration (normally 18 months to 3 years).
Advocates voluntarily follow the cases and report their findings
to juvenile court judges through objective, fact-based written
reports which provide information about the child’s life,
foster placement, stress in the family, any medical ailments
and educational needs. This knowledge serves to better inform
the judges who are then able to make educated decisions about
each child's placement, treatment needs and permanency in a
In fiscal year 2009, CASA of DuPage County was appointed to
a record high number of 338 abuse and neglect cases originating
within the DuPage County juvenile court system. CASA trained
51 community volunteers last fiscal year bringing the total
of trained advocates up to 156 strong. CASA of DuPage is highly
regarded by the judges involved and is appointed to 100% of
the abuse and neglect cases entering the juvenile court system.
CASA continuously and diligently strives to cultivate and maintain
these cooperative and collaborative relationships. CASA’s
work with the circuit court judges, DCFS case workers, attorneys,
educators, and community agencies brings an in-depth awareness
and a fresh perspective to the assigned cases. Since CASA of
DuPage County’s inception, 638 local citizens have been
trained to advocate on behalf of 1,159 children in this community.
Studies have shown CASA volunteers to be effective in reducing
court costs, reducing stays in foster care and even in reducing
rates of delinquency. A study conducted by the National CASA
Association showed that children with a CASA volunteer spent
approximately one year less in care than a child without a CASA
resulting in a child finding a safe, loving and permanent home
more quickly. All of these efforts are provided at no charge
to the families or taxpayers in DuPage County. While there are
CASA programs in all states, Illinois is one of seven states
that does not support the CASA organizations with federal money.
That said, CASA of DuPage County is 100% dependent on fundraising,
grants and individual donations. There are 102 counties in the
state of Illinois with only 38 of them having a CASA program.
Current numbers reflect that only 19% of abused and neglected
children in Illinois are receiving assistance via a CASA, but
100% of the children in DuPage County receive this critical
The serious work that CASA of DuPage performs each and every
day on behalf of all neglected and abused children in DuPage
County flies under the radar of the majority of the residents
in our local communities. The average person will never need
or hear about our organization or our very important role in
the community. As we like to say at CASA, we are not looking
for more clients, we are looking for more friends, because powerless
children need powerful friends.
Visit CASA's website
for more information.