State and National Organizations
The CASA Family
Our work with children is one-on-one, but we do not work alone. CASA Kane County is one of 948 local and state organizations in 49 states and the District of Columbia
Illinois CASA is part of a national volunteer movement that began in 1977 when a judge in Seattle decided he needed to know more about the children whose lives were in his hands. He started using community volunteers – regular citizens – as a “voice in court” for abused and neglected children. These Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) provided him with the detailed information he needed to safeguard the children’s best interests and ensure that they were placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible. The program was so successful that it was copied around the nation.
Illinois CASA was founded in 1993 and is the organizing body for thirty-one CASA programs in 54 counties in Illinois that recruit, train and manage over 2,500 CASA volunteers who advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in court.