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We’re thankful for you!

Dear friends of CASA of Cook County, It's that time of year when we reflect on all we are thankful for, and at CASA of Cook County, we are most thankful for you--our mission partners! It's only because of you that despite the ongoing global pandemic, we are serving more than 650 children in foster care and changing the story for these children from trauma to hope for the future....

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It takes a Village!

RHONDA MILLER GOAL: $1,000      |       RAISED: $1,504        I was officially sworn in as a CASA on 11/2/21 at 10:00 am! Please consider donating any amount (nothing is too small) to help support CASA of Cook County advocate and be the voice for the most vulnerable children currently in care in Cook County. Thank you, Rhonda 80s Fun Fact a...

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Kevin Boyle

GOAL: $10,000      |       RAISED: $3,224      |     REMAINING: $6,776   As a CASA volunteer advocate, I have seen firsthand how CASA can have a positive impact on the lives of children who find themselves in the child welfare system through no fault of their own. These children deserve a chance in life. Please consider maki...

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Team Kingdom

KINGDOM BRANDING GOAL: $500      |       RAISED: $645   As Chicago natives, we know how crucial the work that CASA does for the city of Chicago. CASA brings so much aid and protection to children in the foster care system - some who have been victims of abuse and neglect. CASA has positively changed the lives of countless children in vulnerable circumsta...

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The Goonies

JULIE RHEA GOAL: $5,000    |     RAISED: $3,445       I will be sworn in as a CASA volunteer on November 2nd! I hope to help raise enough funds to recruit and train a few more CASA volunteers for an even greater impact for the many, many children who are in the Cook County foster care system.   80s fun fact about me: I was a big fan of Rainbow B...

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Team Flood

TIM FLOOD GOAL: $10,000    |     RAISED: $13,288     I’m about to be sworn in as a CASA, and believe that the organization offers desperately needed hope for children who have been victims of abuse and neglect and who have been failed by the under resourced systems created to protect them.     CASA of Cook County’s amazing 300+ volunteers are...

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Hana’s RAD Fundraiser

HANA ADAS RAISED: $165   I have been trying to find a program/organization that would fit into my personal life and still allow me to make a change in the life of children, even if it was just 1 child. CASA is that program that gives me the opportunity to be the voice for children and help children find their voice.   80s fun fact about me: I was born in '88 🙂    CA...

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Team Ferguson

AMY FERGUSONGOAL: $500      |       RAISED: $604   I have been a CASA for over two years and have experienced first hand the impact this program has on children in foster care. We are the lifeline and the one constant in their lives as caseworkers and foster parents come and go.    CASA of Cook County’s amazing 300+ volunteers are doing even more for the children they serve—they ...

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Looking Forward to the Bright Future of CASA

ANDREA BONEVELLE RAISED: $3,468   I am thankful to be a CASA advocate for two children who are wonderful human beings. These children, if given the opportunity, guidance and support, will be able to lead happy, safe and healthy lives. They deserve to be given a chance. Why would we not help them?   80s Fun Fact About Me: I loved the music of the 80’s and would listen to it on my rec...

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Team Benaye

GOAL: $750         |          RAISED: $750           Alone, we can do so little, together we can do so much.   CASA of Cook County’s amazing 300+ volunteers are doing even more for the children they serve—they are banding together to become a Giving Back to the Future Team and raising money to ensure CASA ...

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Kappa Alpha Theta
Fitch Mcflys

GOAL: $1,500         |          RAISED: $2,120     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...

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DLA Piper

 Together, we can change the future for children in foster care.Court Appointed Special Advocates (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 foste...

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Christina Ochs

Please join me in changing the future for children in foster care. I have the privilege of serving as a Board member for Court Appointed Special Advocates (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 th...

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Katherine Fletcher Morgan

  Please join me in changing the future for children in foster care. I have the privilege of serving as a Board member for Court Appointed Special Advocates (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 t...

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Karen Fitzner

  Please join me in changing the future for children in foster care. I have the privilege of serving as a Board member for Court Appointed Special Advocates (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 t...

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Mike Capuzzi

GOAL: $8,000         |          RAISED: $7,108        |          REMAINING: $892   Please join me in changing the future for children in foster care.   I have the privilege of serving as a Board member for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Cook County, which serves children in foster...

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Susan Bryant

RAISED: $1,350         Please join me in changing the future for children in foster care.I have the privilege of serving as a Board member for Court Appointed Special Advocates (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 ...

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Lana Vukovljak

  Please join me in changing the future for children in foster care. I have the privilege of serving as a Board member for Court Appointed Special Advocates (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 t...

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CASA Volunteers

  CASA of Cook County’s amazing 300+ volunteers are doing even more for the children they serve—they are banding together to become a Giving Back to the Future Team and raising money to ensure CASA can serve every one of the 600+ children assigned to CASA today, and many thousands more in the future.   CASA volunteers are literally changing the future for children and youth in f...

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CASA Staff

  CASA volunteers are literally changing the future for children and youth in foster care. But one thing is missing—YOU! 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-i...

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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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