HOW CAN I HELP?
These are a few ways you can support Illinois CASA and your local programs – to help us be there for the child.
Become a CASA/GAL Advocate Volunteer: Here’s How
Find a local program in your area.
Find the Illinois CASA Location here to find a program that’s most convenient for you. Our 31 local programs currently serve in 47 different counties around Illinois.
Contact your Local CASA Program.
Each program’s application process is slightly different, so contact them to receive more details about your next step.
Complete a Background Check.
CASA volunteers undergo a thorough background check to ensure that our children are in good hands. Volunteers cannot have a record of certain criminal offenses, like child abuse, neglect, or any sexual offenses.
Complete CASA Training.
Volunteers must complete a minimum of 30 hours of pre-service training. This training equips our volunteers with knowledge of child abuse, juvenile law, and court structure. CASA training prepares you to be a strong advocate for our children.
Take your Oath Before a Judge.
Congratulations! You’ve become a sworn CASA volunteer. Now you are ready to be appointed to a child who desperately needs your help.
Report Suspected Abuse or Neglect
Call the 24-hour Child Abuse Hotline at 800-25-ABUSE (800-252-2873 or TTY 1-800-358-5117) if you suspect that a child has been harmed or is at risk of being harmed by abuse or neglect. If you believe a child is in immediate danger of harm, call 911 first. Unfortunately, as much as 70 percent of child abuse goes unreported, and a child tells an average of seven adults that they are being abused or neglected before a report is made. Every delay in reporting suspected abuse or neglect increases the likelihood that abuse will become more serious, or even deadly, and that the perpetrator will abuse additional children. By trusting your own senses, common sense and instincts, and calling the hotline whenever you suspect a child has been harmed or is at risk of harm, you can ensure a child is safe and that her family is getting the help they need.
Make a Donation
We need your help to ensure that every child has a champion – a CASA or GAL volunteer. Illinois CASA’s network serves more than nearly 5,000 children and youth throughout the state who have been abused or neglected. A donation to Illinois CASA is an investment in our state’s future. With your gift to Illinois CASA, you can help the CASA program(s) in your community AND around the state to provide the very best volunteer advocacy for children removed from their homes due to abuse and/or neglect.
Spread the Word
Our work with children is one-on-one, but we do not work alone. We are a movement, a group of people who have come together to advance a shared goal. Follow the Illinois movement – follow us on Facebook, join our mailing list, and when you see something you’d like to share with others, post it on your personal Facebook page or other social media. Help us change lives.