The mission of CASA of DuPage County, Inc. is to speak to the best interests of abused, neglected, and dependent children in DuPage County’s juvenile and family court system. We believe each child has a right to a safe, permanent, nurturing home. We train and support quality community advocates who voluntarily represent children in court.
How Your Donation Helps
CASA is an acronym for Court Appointed Special Advocates. Court Appointed Special Advocates are volunteers sworn in by a judge as “Friends of the Court.” These volunteers are trained and supported by paid CASA staff to monitor the court cases of children aged birth to eighteen who have been adjudicated as abused, neglected and/or dependent by the juvenile court system. CASA volunteers are appointed by a judge to serve as an advocate for the purpose of speaking in the child’s best interest.
A potential CASA must attend 35 hours of training and participate in a minimum of 3 hours of court observation prior to being sworn in and assigned as a child’s advocate in court. Once trained, volunteer advocates are assigned to observe a child’s case through its duration. In fiscal year 2011, the average case was 30 months long.
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