About CASA


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Our Mission:

TO ADVOCATE FOR AND SERVE AS THE VOICE FOR ABUSED AND NEGLECTED CHILDREN IN DEKALB COUNTY.

 

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is a Guardian ad litem (GAL) appointed to abused and neglected children in DeKalb County. These children are in the court system through no fault of their own. CASA advocates interview the child and all relevant parties in his or her life and share this information with the judge so the judge can make decisions that enhance the child’s well-being. 

Our Vision:

Our vision is a community where every child is given the opportunity to thrive in a safe and loving home.

Our Values:

Compassion for children – a sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it.

Advocacy for justice for abused and neglected children on behalf of the court.

Service to the community built on trust and responsibility.

Acknowledgement and Respect of others’ diverse cultures, lifestyles, and spirituality.

Our Volunteers:CASA volunteer holding picture of children

CASA trains community members as volunteer advocates for abused and neglected children in DeKalb County. A CASA volunteer stays with each child until the child’s court case is completed by having the child placed into a safe, permanent and nurturing home.

Quick Facts:

  • CASA DeKalb County Inc. was founded in 1993
  • CASA has over 70 DeKalb County residents as volunteer advocates
  • Annually, CASA serves about 225 abused and neglected children in DeKalb County
  • CASA advocates provide over 9,500 hours of volunteer service each year
  • CASA has over 25 local attorneys who volunteer their services on behalf of CASA

National CASA Video

 To find out more about the CASA program at the state or national level, visit the Illinois CASA and National CASA websites.