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A Letter from Our Chairman


The Illinois Association of Court Appointed Special Advocates exists to support the staff and volunteers of local CASA programs who advocate for children who are wards of the court system because of abuse or neglect. We serve a network of 31 local programs that recruit, screen, and train volunteers from their communities who speak for children’s best interests when their cases are heard in court.  These committed volunteers stand by the children during the most difficult times in their young lives.

In 2017 IL CASA hired a new Executive Director, a new Program Director and established new state offices in Bloomington and Chicago.  With new staff and infrastructure in place, we are poised to strengthen and expand statewide services … so that more children who need a CASA volunteer will get one.

Our organizational focus for 2018 includes:

    – Expanding the number of Illinois children served by a CASA
    – Providing added training and support for local programs
    – Growing a stronger governing board

    – Achieving financial sustainability

You can help.  Be a volunteer – as an advocate in your community, on your local CASA board, or on the board or a committee of Illinois CASA.  Provide financial support – to your local CASA program, or to this organization.  It’s easy to support Illinois CASA by clicking the the DONATE button on this page.

Illinois CASA provides training, coaching, standards compliance, and operational support for your local programs that are directly serving children. Its leadership is strong. Its voice is strong.  Its mission is critical.

Join us!  Together we will build Illinois CASA and our local CASA programs … so every child who needs an advocate can have a Court Appointed Special Advocate.

We’re waiting to hear from you.

Mari Christopherson

Executive Director