History

Timeline

December 1993

Cindy and Andy June founded CASA of Will County

February 1994

CASA held its first training class

March 1994

CASA advocated for its first child

July 2000

CASA advocated for 100 children

August 2017

CASA opened up its Children’s garden

August 2017

CASA began partnership with Give Something Back Foundation

January 2019

CASA celebrates 25 years of advocating for abused and neglected children

Our Volunteers

Winnie

Winnie at Tiffany’s college graduation

“When I met Tiffany she was 14 and had been terribly abused. She spent several years in different foster homes and had no trust in anyone. In spite of it all, we knew she had something to offer. We never gave up on her. I never was going to give up on her.”

— Winnie
The voice of a child since October 2005

Valerie

“These children, if we set them on the right path, will be the people making those decisions and doing those right things and so they deserve the opportunity to have the tools in their corner to do the right things.”

— Valerie
The voice of a child since October 2017

Tasheika

“Volunteering for CASA gave me the experience to figure out exactly what I wanted to do, which was social work. I’m now taking my masters for social work.”

— Tasheika
The voice of a child since November 2015

Richard

“I think the best contribution you can make to society is helping a child.”

“I enjoy volunteering my time, I was looking for something to add to my retirement and give back to the wonderful life I had.”

— Richard
The voice of a child since January 2017

Meg

“If you are passionate about helping children, you should get involved with CASA. Being the voice for the kids of our community is what’s going to make the world a better place.”

— Meg, Current Board Member
The voice of a child since September 1999

Debbie

“I volunteer to try and make a difference. I found that there were so many children who didn’t have what I had given my son. So I found the time, energy, and desire to do that for another family.”

“As a CASA you’re helping children who are in a situation to no fault of their own, and those are the ones who need the most help.”

— Debbie
The voice of a child since October 2017

Cristina

“The impact of your work as a CASA can really change a child’s life.”

— Cristina
The voice of a child since January 2016

Dan

“One of the most important things about helping children is that it gives them a better chance to have a brighter future.”

— Dan
The voice of a child since February 2018

Zipporah

“I like being a CASA because I am advocating for the child. I’m helping and fighting for them in court. I just really love that I can make a difference in their lives.”

— Zipporah
The voice of a child since April 2018

Eric

“I volunteer because it’s for the kids. Seeing them accomplish things that they thought weren’t possible is rewarding.”

— Eric
The voice of a child since February 2015

CASA of Will County is a member of the National and Illinois CASA Associations and a proud recipient of the Will County Development Block Grant. Hundreds of children per year enter into the Will County Juvenile Justice System due to abuse and neglect. CASA offers these children a sense of comfort and a listening ear. But most importantly, we offer them a voice.

The Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program originated in Seattle, Wash., in 1977 by Judge David Soukup, the presiding judge of King County Superior Court. He was troubled by the small amount of time and information he was given to make decisions destined to change the lives of abused and neglected children.

CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to advocate for the best interests of abused children and to ensure they do not get lost in the overburdened legal system or languish in foster care. They stay with each child’s case until it is closed and the child is placed into a safe permanent home with hope for a positive future.

Since 1994, CASA has served over 3,000 children. Currently CASA is able to serve 79% of children in need. With your help we can reach our goal of serving 100% of the abuse and neglected children in need of a CASA volunteer advocate.

DCFS reports that there are more than 400 children in foster care each year.

CASA of Will County advocated for 345 children last year.

Currently we have 106 volunteers advocating for children in our community.

Since 1994, our volunteers have changed the lives of more than 3,000 children.

CASA of Will County
3200 McDonough Street
Joliet, IL 60431

815.730.7072

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