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Meet a CASA Advocate: Ben Morton

As a 24-year-old recent college graduate experiencing a global pandemic, Ben Morton was looking to give back. With extensive background experience in volunteerism, Ben was looking to continue enriching his experience through our Advocate program.    Advocacy is at the core of what CASA volunteers, like Ben, do. CASA volunteers go through our extensive training process to become sworn i...

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What do CASA volunteers do?

In Cook County alone, there are approximately 6,000 children in the foster care system due to abuse and neglect. These children and their families are statistically met with more challenges in terms of health, education, and wellness due to an overburdened foster care system with restricted budgets, high caseworker turnover, and inadequate staffing. As a result, this allows for the possibility of ...

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Illinois CASA’s Hands Across Illinois virtual event for Child Abuse Prevention Month brings together thousands of people to celebrate the impact of CASA on the lives of children in foster care.

 On Wednesday, April 29, Illinois CASA held the first annual Hands Across Illinois virtual event for Child Abuse Prevention Month, inaugurated because the COVID-19 crisis interrupted the in-person events typically held at county courthouses around Illinois during April to raise awareness for child abuse prevention. Thousands joined the virtual event which featured 14 speakers, including l...

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CASA of Cook County aims to help children in protective custody due to abuse, neglect | abc7chicago.com

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Right now there are more than 5,600 children who have experienced abuse or neglect living in protective custody in Chicago. One group is making it their mission to help those children find a better life. "Court Appointed Special Advocates," or Casa, has been around since the 1980s and is working to build a better Chicago. Read more...

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(ABC7) Casa of Cook County holds fall gala

WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW CHICAGO (WLS) -- Casa of Cook County recognized volunteers and advocates working to improve the lives of children in foster care at their fall gala Wednesday night. ABC 7's Diana Palomar accepted the media champion award on behalf of ABC 7. ABC 7's Hosea Sanders also served as the emcee for tonight's gala....

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2019 CHICAGO MARATHON

Meet Team CASA of Cook County! In 2019, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Cook County has 19 amazing individuals who are running 26.2 miles all to support children in the Cook County foster care system who have experienced abuse, neglect, abandonment, or all three. Team CASA runners are raising funds so that these children can be matched with a CASA volunteer who will give them a voic...

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ASK YOUR IL STATE SENATOR TO VOTE YES ON HB 2497!

The 17,000 children in protective custody in Illinois need your help! Right now, the Illinois Senate is considering legislation (HB 2497) that would give children who have experienced abuse and neglect a voice by funding Court Appointed Special Advocate programs like CASA of Cook County. Call or email your Senator now and ask them to vote yes on HB247!   Find your Senator here.  ...

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MORE CHILDREN IN COOK COUNTY ARE HOMEWARD BOUND.

Thanks to the generous support of guests and sponsors, we are delighted to announce that this year’s Homeward Bound: Cocktails for CASA was our most successful to date! The event raised over $30,000 to support Cook County’s children who have experienced abuse and neglect. Funds raised at Homeward Bound will be used to recruit, train, and supervise volunteer advocates who provide focused, ind...

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