Volunteer

I am for the Child

At CASA of Will County, we recruit, train, and supervise volunteers to represent the best interests of abused and neglected children.

Our Court Appointed Special Advocates act as the voices of these children, helping to navigate the juvenile court system and ensuring their needs are met. CASAs become their children’s primary sources of hope for finding safe, permanent homes. They diligently pore through case records and interview teachers, doctors and family members to piece together case history, circumstances and needs.

Our CASAs understand that their volunteer work is more than a service. It’s an investment. They invest countless hours into building meaningful relationships with their children that last the duration of the juvenile court cases.

As the eyes and ears of the judge, our CASAs travel more than 55,000 miles and devote more than 7,000 hours per year to helping their children heal and find hope.

I am for the Child

Become a CASA

What We Need

Our volunteers bring an unmatched devotion to their service that allows them to establish a powerful bond with their children. CASAs look beyond the circumstances of abuse and neglect to the children’s potential, leading them to homes where they can thrive.

Additionally, every CASA of Will County volunteer demonstrates these common characteristics in advocating for a child in need:

Compassion

CASA of Will County volunteers become successful advocates when they connect with and understand the challenges unique to the children they represent.

Commitment

CASA volunteers best represent their children when they invest in the entire process, guiding their children to safe, permanent, loving homes.

Service

Successful CASAs see the decision to advocate for their children as an opportunity to give selflessly of their time and energy to a noble purpose.

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 your work as a child’s 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 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

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3200 McDonough Street
Joliet, IL 60431

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