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CASA of Cook County is a nonprofit organization that trains community volunteers to advocate in the best interests of abused and neglected children in juvenile court. Advocates are appointed by a judge and assigned to one case at a time. We advocate for safe, permanent homes for the children to break the cycle of abuse and neglect. CASA volunteers help ensure that children receive appropriate services and treatment. Volunteers receive in-depth training on court procedures, the child welfare system, cultural diversity and many other topics. They review records, research background information and interview everyone involved with the case, including the court assigned children, their parents, foster parents, teachers, social workers, therapists and court personnel. Volunteers then present written reports to the court and testify, providing recommendations to the court reflecting the best interests of the children to ensure that the children have a safe and permanent home. This is an opportunity to work directly with children and families and to work within the child welfare professional community.
CASA of Cook County welcomes volunteers from all cultural, professional, ethnic and educational backgrounds. Volunteers must be 21 years of age, pass a criminal background check, complete a 30-hour training program, make a commitment of 12 months and plan to spend 10-15 hours per month on their assigned case. An application and interview are required before training.
Please contact Tisha Wheeler, Volunteer Recruiter at 312-433-4928 or visit www.casacookcounty.org