Please join the Kappa Alpha Theta Alumni in changing the future for children in foster care.
For Kappa Alpha Theta, going back means remembering our Founders, Hannah Fitch, Bettie Tipton, Bettie Locke and Alice Allen, and their legacy of making a difference together. For 25 years, Kappa Alpha Theta and CASA have shared a partnership rooted in a shared belief that every abused or neglected child should be safe, establish permanence, and have the opportunity to thrive.
For those of us in Chicago, that partnership is with Court Appointed Special Advocates of Cook County, serving the third largest child welfare system in the country and one with a history of racial inequities that translates to nearly 90 percent of all children in the system being Black or Brown. CASA of Cook County, which serves children in foster care by matching them with a dedicated, one-to-one CASA volunteer and has a mission to:
Advance foster care child advocacy for children in Cook County by ensuring that their needs are met and rights are protected; by transitioning out of foster care into permanent, safe, and loving homes as quickly as possible; and that youth aging out of foster care have the resources and support they need to live independently.
CASA volunteers are literally changing the future for children and youth in foster care. Studies show that children with a CASA volunteer spend less time in foster care, are less likely to reenter protective custody, and have significantly better outcomes in terms of safety, education, well-being, and mental health than their peers without a CASA volunteer.
It costs CASA of Cook County $2,500 to serve a child for one year—versus the tens of thousands of dollars spent by the child welfare system. Those funds ensure CASA has the wrap-around staff to train and support volunteers so they can provide the very best trauma-informed, culturally relevant advocacy for a child.
We are grateful for every dollar donated by Thetas to ensure children in foster care know that their lives and their futures truly do matter!
$2,500 allows CASA of Cook County to serve a child for 1 year
$1,250 allows CASA of Cook County to serve a child for 6 months
$625 allows CASA of Cook County to serve a child for 3 months
$208 allows CASA of Cook County to serve a child for 1 month
$52 allows CASA of Cook County to serve a child for 1 week
$6.85 allows CASA of Cook County to serve a child for 1 day