CASA of Cook County

CASA of Cook County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Cook Countyhttp://www.casacookcounty.orgFollow us on Twitter:http://twitter.com/casaofcookcoSign up for our e-newsletters:http://tinyurl.com/y7u53v2

For more than 30 years, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Cook County has been helping the abused and neglected children involved in the Juvenile Court and foster care system of Cook County. CASA of Cook County provides caring volunteer advocates to make a life-long difference for children.

For more than 30 years, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Cook County has been helping the abused and neglected children involved in the Juvenile Court and foster care system of Cook County. CASA of Cook County provides caring volunteer advocates to make a life-long difference for children.

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Wishing you and your loved ones a Happy New Year! Looking to set a new year’s resolution? Get involved with CASA of Cook...
01/01/2022

Wishing you and your loved ones a Happy New Year!

Looking to set a new year’s resolution? Get involved with CASA of Cook County’s work with children in foster care today: www.casacookcounty.org/advocate

Wishing you and your loved ones a Happy New Year!

Looking to set a new year’s resolution? Get involved with CASA of Cook County’s work with children in foster care today: www.casacookcounty.org/advocate

Thank you for standing by CASA of Cook County and the hundreds of children we serve. Together, we will work tirelessly i...
12/30/2021

Thank you for standing by CASA of Cook County and the hundreds of children we serve. Together, we will work tirelessly in 2022 to reach more of the 6,000+ children in Cook County foster care with the life-changing impact of a CASA volunteer.

Give this year-end to CASA of Cook County so that more Black and Brown children have equitable access to the impact of a CASA volunteer: https://casacookcounty.org/give/

Learn how to become a CASA volunteer: www.casacookcounty.org/advocate

#NewYearsResolution2022
ChangeAChildsStory #CASAofCookCounty #CASAvolunteer #LifeChangingImpact #FosterCare

Thank you for standing by CASA of Cook County and the hundreds of children we serve. Together, we will work tirelessly in 2022 to reach more of the 6,000+ children in Cook County foster care with the life-changing impact of a CASA volunteer.

Give this year-end to CASA of Cook County so that more Black and Brown children have equitable access to the impact of a CASA volunteer: https://casacookcounty.org/give/

Learn how to become a CASA volunteer: www.casacookcounty.org/advocate

#NewYearsResolution2022
ChangeAChildsStory #CASAofCookCounty #CASAvolunteer #LifeChangingImpact #FosterCare

Today in Cook County, a family is reunited because a CASA volunteer helped to clear the roadblocks in the child welfare ...
12/28/2021

Today in Cook County, a family is reunited because a CASA volunteer helped to clear the roadblocks in the child welfare system for Black and Brown families who have experienced generations of disinvestment and inequity, which keep families who have been deemed safe to be reunited stuck in a system while they wait for access to court ordered services and therapies.

Give this year-end to CASA of Cook County so that more Black & Brown children have equitable access to the impact of a CASA volunteer: https://casacookcounty.org/give/

Learn how to become a CASA volunteer: www.casacookcounty.org/advocate

#ChangeAChildsStory #CASAofCookCounty #CASAvolunteer #LifeChangingImpact #FosterCare

Today in Cook County, a family is reunited because a CASA volunteer helped to clear the roadblocks in the child welfare system for Black and Brown families who have experienced generations of disinvestment and inequity, which keep families who have been deemed safe to be reunited stuck in a system while they wait for access to court ordered services and therapies.

Give this year-end to CASA of Cook County so that more Black & Brown children have equitable access to the impact of a CASA volunteer: https://casacookcounty.org/give/

Learn how to become a CASA volunteer: www.casacookcounty.org/advocate

#ChangeAChildsStory #CASAofCookCounty #CASAvolunteer #LifeChangingImpact #FosterCare

A child in Cook County foster care changes schools at least 3 times, and some as many as 9+ times, over the course of cr...
12/26/2021

A child in Cook County foster care changes schools at least 3 times, and some as many as 9+ times, over the course of critical years in child development. Research shows that each move puts that child behind academically by about 6 months.

Give this year-end to CASA of Cook County so that a CASA volunteer can ensure children in foster care receive critical academic support.
https://casacookcounty.org/give/

Learn how to become a CASA volunteer: www.casacookcounty.org/advocate

#ChangeAChildsStory #CASAofCookCounty #CASAvolunteer #LifeChangingImpact #FosterCare

A child in Cook County foster care changes schools at least 3 times, and some as many as 9+ times, over the course of critical years in child development. Research shows that each move puts that child behind academically by about 6 months.

Give this year-end to CASA of Cook County so that a CASA volunteer can ensure children in foster care receive critical academic support.
https://casacookcounty.org/give/

Learn how to become a CASA volunteer: www.casacookcounty.org/advocate

#ChangeAChildsStory #CASAofCookCounty #CASAvolunteer #LifeChangingImpact #FosterCare

Wishing you a Happy Kwanzaa. The 7 principles that are celebrated throughout Kwanzaa are very important to CASA of Cook ...
12/26/2021

Wishing you a Happy Kwanzaa. The 7 principles that are celebrated throughout Kwanzaa are very important to CASA of Cook County's mission. We are always using those themes in order to help children of Cook County achieve permanency and safety.

Take action this holiday season, visit www.casacookcounty.org/advocate, to get started.

Wishing you a Happy Kwanzaa. The 7 principles that are celebrated throughout Kwanzaa are very important to CASA of Cook County's mission. We are always using those themes in order to help children of Cook County achieve permanency and safety.

Take action this holiday season, visit www.casacookcounty.org/advocate, to get started.

Wishing you all a very Happy Holiday season from all of us at CASA of Cook County.  If you are looking for some post hol...
12/25/2021

Wishing you all a very Happy Holiday season from all of us at CASA of Cook County.

If you are looking for some post holiday giving, visit www.casacookcounty.org, to donate, become an advocate or volunteer for one of our events.

Wishing you all a very Happy Holiday season from all of us at CASA of Cook County.

If you are looking for some post holiday giving, visit www.casacookcounty.org, to donate, become an advocate or volunteer for one of our events.

Team CASA runners use the incredible experience of running one of the 6 Abbott World Marathon Majors to change the story...
12/23/2021

Team CASA runners use the incredible experience of running one of the 6 Abbott World Marathon Majors to change the story for a child in Cook County. As you run the Bank of America Chicago Marathon for Team CASA you will literally be changing the story for a child in foster care right here in this city.

Learn more and apply at https://casacookcounty.org/marathon/

#TeamCASA #RunforHope #RunforaChild #ChangeAChildsStory

Team CASA runners use the incredible experience of running one of the 6 Abbott World Marathon Majors to change the story for a child in Cook County. As you run the Bank of America Chicago Marathon for Team CASA you will literally be changing the story for a child in foster care right here in this city.

Learn more and apply at https://casacookcounty.org/marathon/

#TeamCASA #RunforHope #RunforaChild #ChangeAChildsStory

Today in Cook County, there is a foster youth successfully attending a University because a CASA volunteer took the time...
12/22/2021

Today in Cook County, there is a foster youth successfully attending a University because a CASA volunteer took the time to listen to that youth’s sense of hopelessness about the future and betrayal by the child welfare system and then empowered that youth to imagine a different future and access the tools to achieve those goals.

Give this year-end to CASA of Cook County so that more CASA volunteers can help foster youth access higher education. https://casacookcounty.org/give/

Learn how to become a CASA volunteer: www.casacookcounty.org/advocate

#ChangeAChildsStory #CASAofCookCounty #CASAvolunteer #LifeChangingImpact #FosterCare

Today in Cook County, there is a foster youth successfully attending a University because a CASA volunteer took the time to listen to that youth’s sense of hopelessness about the future and betrayal by the child welfare system and then empowered that youth to imagine a different future and access the tools to achieve those goals.

Give this year-end to CASA of Cook County so that more CASA volunteers can help foster youth access higher education. https://casacookcounty.org/give/

Learn how to become a CASA volunteer: www.casacookcounty.org/advocate

#ChangeAChildsStory #CASAofCookCounty #CASAvolunteer #LifeChangingImpact #FosterCare

An elementary school child in Cook County foster care is now on track to meet reading benchmarks because of a CASA volun...
12/18/2021

An elementary school child in Cook County foster care is now on track to meet reading benchmarks because of a CASA volunteer who recognized that proper reading assessments and support were missed because the child had four different housing placements over the past academic year.

That is the life-changing impact of a CASA volunteer. Read Dr. Bonita Carr’s message about the impact of CASA of Cook County in the lives of hundreds of children: https://conta.cc/3GRHItM

Give this year-end to CASA of Cook County so that a CASA volunteer can ensure children in foster care receive critical academic support.

https://casacookcounty.org/give/

#ChangeAChildsStory #CASAofCookCounty #CASAvolunteer #LifeChangingImpact #FosterCare

An elementary school child in Cook County foster care is now on track to meet reading benchmarks because of a CASA volunteer who recognized that proper reading assessments and support were missed because the child had four different housing placements over the past academic year.

That is the life-changing impact of a CASA volunteer. Read Dr. Bonita Carr’s message about the impact of CASA of Cook County in the lives of hundreds of children: https://conta.cc/3GRHItM

Give this year-end to CASA of Cook County so that a CASA volunteer can ensure children in foster care receive critical academic support.

https://casacookcounty.org/give/

#ChangeAChildsStory #CASAofCookCounty #CASAvolunteer #LifeChangingImpact #FosterCare

CASA of Cook County is an official charity team of the 2022 Bank of America Chicago Marathon and is now accepting applic...
12/10/2021

CASA of Cook County is an official charity team of the 2022 Bank of America Chicago Marathon and is now accepting applications! Team CASA runners use the incredible experience of training for and running one of the world’s largest marathons to raise awareness and funds for the most vulnerable individuals in Chicago–children in the Cook County foster care system.

Learn more and apply at https://casacookcounty.org/marathon/

#TeamCASA #RunforHope #RunforaChild #ChangeAChildsStory

CASA of Cook County is an official charity team of the 2022 Bank of America Chicago Marathon and is now accepting applications! Team CASA runners use the incredible experience of training for and running one of the world’s largest marathons to raise awareness and funds for the most vulnerable individuals in Chicago–children in the Cook County foster care system.

Learn more and apply at https://casacookcounty.org/marathon/

#TeamCASA #RunforHope #RunforaChild #ChangeAChildsStory

Give your time this #GivingTuesday and become a CASA volunteer for a child in Cook County foster care. Learn more at: ww...
11/30/2021

Give your time this #GivingTuesday and become a CASA volunteer for a child in Cook County foster care. Learn more at: www.casacookcounty.org/advocate

#ChangeAChildsStory #CASAofCookCounty #CASAvolunteer #LifeChangingImpact #GiveTogether

Give your time this #GivingTuesday and become a CASA volunteer for a child in Cook County foster care. Learn more at: www.casacookcounty.org/advocate

#ChangeAChildsStory #CASAofCookCounty #CASAvolunteer #LifeChangingImpact #GiveTogether

TODAY is #GivingTuesday! Every post that is shared, every dollar that is raised will help CASA make a life-changing impa...
11/30/2021

TODAY is #GivingTuesday! Every post that is shared, every dollar that is raised will help CASA make a life-changing impact for hundreds of children in Cook County foster care.

Give, like, and share all to benefit CASA of Cook County: https://casacookcounty.org/give/

Learn how to become a CASA volunteer: www.casacookcounty.org/advocate

#ChangeAChildsStory #CASAofCookCounty #CASAvolunteer #LifeChangingImpact #GiveTogether

TODAY is #GivingTuesday! Every post that is shared, every dollar that is raised will help CASA make a life-changing impact for hundreds of children in Cook County foster care.

Give, like, and share all to benefit CASA of Cook County: https://casacookcounty.org/give/

Learn how to become a CASA volunteer: www.casacookcounty.org/advocate

#ChangeAChildsStory #CASAofCookCounty #CASAvolunteer #LifeChangingImpact #GiveTogether

Looking to add CASA of Cook County to your AmazonSmile? Follow this to start giving through your Amazon shopping this ho...
11/28/2021

Looking to add CASA of Cook County to your AmazonSmile? Follow this to start giving through your Amazon shopping this holiday season.

#ChangeAChildsStory #AmazonSmile

Donating to CASA of Cook County is simple. Just add CASA of Cook County to your Amazon Smile account today. #ChangeAChil...
11/26/2021

Donating to CASA of Cook County is simple. Just add CASA of Cook County to your Amazon Smile account today. #ChangeAChildsStory #AmazonSmile

Donating to CASA of Cook County is simple. Just add CASA of Cook County to your Amazon Smile account today. #ChangeAChildsStory #AmazonSmile

We are #grateful for the steadfast support of our community this #Thanksgiving. From all of us at #CASAofCookCounty than...
11/25/2021

We are #grateful for the steadfast support of our community this #Thanksgiving. From all of us at #CASAofCookCounty thank you!

We are #grateful for the steadfast support of our community this #Thanksgiving. From all of us at #CASAofCookCounty thank you!

11/24/2021
Team CASA is an official charity team of the 2022 Bank of America Chicago Marathon and is now accepting runners. Run for a mission that matters! Change a foster child's story from abuse and neglect to safety and well-being. Learn more and apply for ...

CASA of Cook County’s Team CASA is an official charity team of the 2022 Bank of America Chicago Marathon and is now accepting runners. Run for a mission that matters! Change a foster child's story from abuse and neglect to safety and well-being.

Learn more and apply for Team CASA at https://casacookcounty.org/marathon/

#TeamCASA #ChangeAChildsStory #RunforaChild

To our volunteers, donors, and friends, we are #thankful for you! Read a special message from Dr. Bonita Carr. https://c...
11/23/2021

To our volunteers, donors, and friends, we are #thankful for you!

Read a special message from Dr. Bonita Carr. https://conta.cc/3CMGJZp

#CASAvolunteers #CASAofCookCounty

To our volunteers, donors, and friends, we are #thankful for you!

Read a special message from Dr. Bonita Carr. https://conta.cc/3CMGJZp

#CASAvolunteers #CASAofCookCounty

11/19/2021
We continue to be in AWE of the way our community came together for an incredible, successful Giving Back to the Future virtual GALA all to support CASA of Cook County and the children in Cook County's foster care system. Thank you to our AMAZING spon...

We continue to be in AWE of the way our community came together for an incredible, successful Giving Back to the Future virtual GALA all to support CASA of Cook County and the children in Cook County’s foster care system. Thank you to our AMAZING sponsors and Giving Back to the Future Team Leaders who showed the children that their lives and futures matter! THANK YOU!

See the event highlights here: https://casacookcounty.org/future/

#casacookcounty #casafallgala #givingbacktothefuture #changingthefuture #fostercare

Make a child smile! This holiday season add CASA of Cook County to your Amazon Smile account. #ChangeAChildsStory #Amazo...
11/17/2021

Make a child smile! This holiday season add CASA of Cook County to your Amazon Smile account.

#ChangeAChildsStory #AmazonSmile

Make a child smile! This holiday season add CASA of Cook County to your Amazon Smile account.

#ChangeAChildsStory #AmazonSmile

Team CASA is an official charity team of the 2022 Bank of America Chicago Marathon and is now accepting runners. Run for...
11/15/2021

Team CASA is an official charity team of the 2022 Bank of America Chicago Marathon and is now accepting runners. Run for a mission that matters! Change a foster child's story from abuse and neglect to safety and well-being.

Learn more and apply for Team CASA at https://casacookcounty.org/marathon/

#TeamCASA #ChangeAChildsStory #RunforaChild

Team CASA is an official charity team of the 2022 Bank of America Chicago Marathon and is now accepting runners. Run for a mission that matters! Change a foster child's story from abuse and neglect to safety and well-being.

Learn more and apply for Team CASA at https://casacookcounty.org/marathon/

#TeamCASA #ChangeAChildsStory #RunforaChild

11/12/2021
"We believe that every child in Cook County foster care deserves a CASA Advocate." Hear from our passionate and powerful Executive Director, Dr. Bonita Carr, about what drives CASA of Cook County's tireless work on behalf of children in foster care....

“We believe that every child in Cook County foster care deserves a CASA Advocate.”

Hear from our passionate and powerful Executive Director, Dr. Bonita Carr, about what drives CASA of Cook County’s tireless work on behalf of children in foster care. Thank you to everyone who tuned in and gave to CASA's Giving Back to the Future Gala to ensure the children know that their lives and futures matter!

See the full event at: casacookcounty.org/future

#casacookcounty #casafallgala #givingbacktothefuture #changingthefuture #fostercare

THANK YOU to everyone who tuned in, gave, led a Giving Back to the Future Team, or helped spread the word! We had a wond...
11/05/2021

THANK YOU to everyone who tuned in, gave, led a Giving Back to the Future Team, or helped spread the word! We had a wonderful, successful event, and TOGETHER we did indeed help change the future for the 7,000 children in Cook County foster care.

Missed the event? Watch it now: https://casacookcounty.org/future/
The work isn't done! Give now: https://casacookcounty.org/give/

#casacookcounty #casafallgala #givingbacktothefuture #changingthefuture #fostercare

THANK YOU to everyone who tuned in, gave, led a Giving Back to the Future Team, or helped spread the word! We had a wonderful, successful event, and TOGETHER we did indeed help change the future for the 7,000 children in Cook County foster care.

Missed the event? Watch it now: https://casacookcounty.org/future/
The work isn't done! Give now: https://casacookcounty.org/give/

#casacookcounty #casafallgala #givingbacktothefuture #changingthefuture #fostercare

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1100 S Hamilton Ave # 8W
Chicago, IL
60612

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Monday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Tuesday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Thursday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm

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(312) 433-4928

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Since 1986, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Cook County has been training everyday people to stand up for children who have experienced abuse and neglect in an overwhelmed and extremely under-resourced foster care system. Without a helping hand from CASA Advocates, these children might fall through the cracks and never be given an opportunity to find a place to call home.

CASA of Cook County works to diminish the challenges faced by children in foster care by recruiting, training, and supervising community volunteers who advocate for the best interests of children in court and who strive to ensure that children leave the system to live in safe, permanent homes. Unlike caseworkers and other child welfare professionals, CASA volunteers handle only one or two cases at a time and are able to give each child the attention he/she needs and deserves.

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I am so honored to have received the CASA of Cook County Champion of Children Award! This job has stoked my passion for fighting for our young people. We need to be creating a history they can be proud of and a future where they can be exactly who they are. Thank you to CASA for this recognition and you can count on me to be a fearless advocate when it comes to our youth!
Will you join me in changing the future for a child in foster care? As a CASA staff member, I have the privilege of supporting CASA volunteers who provide vital, one-to-one advocacy for children in Cook County foster care. Studies show that children with a CASA volunteer spend less time in foster care, are less likely to reenter protective custody, and have significantly better outcomes in terms of safety, education, well-being, and mental health than their peers without a CASA volunteer. Your donation of any amount will help send a message to the children that their lives and their futures matter. Thank you! Donation link: https://casacookcounty.org/casa-staff/
Celebrate Father's Day this Sunday at 5 PM with the Constellation Men's Ensemble as they put on their fourth annual NOVA benefit concert! BBBSChi is proud to have been selected along with Fostering Dignity and CASA of Cook County as the beneficiaries of this evening of music, so you can be sure that your donation will go towards amazing organizations that all work towards improving the lives of children across Chicagoland. Learn more and register at http://weblink.donorperfect.com/nova4registration
We would like to introduce everyone to the January 2021 CASA of Cook County newest group of volunteers. Please join us in welcoming them!
Did yesterday's Impact Update inspire you to learn more about CASA of Cook County ? Check out this video for a closer look at the impact CASA of Cook County makes in their community and in the lives of the children they help everyday. 🎥 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLlpWsIC4uE
It's time for another Impact Update! This week's update is from one of our 2017 $100,000 grant winners, CASA of Cook County . "The grant from Impact 100 was a catalyst for growth for CASA of Cook County. Since 2018, CASA has grown from serving 250 children to over 600 children in Cook County foster care today. We are deeply grateful for the support from Impact 100 that allowed us to build capacity and so serve many more children. CASA provides vital and life-changing services for Cook County's foster youth, with volunteers working one-on-one with children who have suffered abuse and/or neglect."
Today's Student Laureate Spotlight is Leigha Sommer from the University of Illinois Chicago. Leigha is currently a mentor at Minds Matter Chicago. She has previously worked with CASA of Cook County and After School Matters. She did so while maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA with a double major in Economics and English and a triple minor in Philosophy, Political Science and Sociology. We hope Leigha's "flame" for public service never extinguishes. Give Leigha a LIKE for all her amazing accomplishments and in support of her future endeavors.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, CASA of Cook County volunteers continue to creatively advocate for the children to whom they are assigned. They are in touch with the children, foster parents, biological parents, and service providers via phone and video conferencing, as well as dropping off care packages, to ensure the children are safe and that there are no gaps in service. #GivingBeyondtheDiamond
Everyone can participate in the prevention of child abuse by putting parenting tips bumper stickers on their cars---and schools, offices, agencies, businesses, and organizations can put sets of the fifty-one stickers in holders and place them on tables and counters so folks can choose one or more for their cars. Parenting messages on vehicles are a unique and powerful way to educate everyone about parenting. Just one will be read thousands of times. Visit www.advancingparenting.org. Use a computer...our website is not optimized for phones. Advancing Parenting is a Camarillo, CA nonprofit organization, but our activities are nationwide. Please share. 🙂
"All men should strive to learn before they die, what they are running from, and to, and why." James Thurber HAPPY FATHERS DAY TO ALL OF THE CASA FATHERS!!!!!!!!!!
#wearblueday #ChildAbuse PreventionMonth
Good morning, Thank you for your interest in CASA of Cook County's volunteer program. I would like to offer you another opportunity to join 1 of two training opportunities. If we have spoke about April or May's training please just confirm your attendance, the dates are listed below. This is a wonderful opportunity to serve children and families in foster care. I am hoping to have 30 volunteers for each training. Please spread the word! You must be at least 21 to volunteer. We have volunteers who are retired, travel, and volunteers who work 9-5. Also, We have a shortage of volunteers, especially male presence. With many of our children having limited positive male role models present in their lives, its beneficial to have males along with are female and non-binary gender identifying volunteers. In addition if your background is in Education, Child development, foster/adoptive parent, clinical psychology, Spanish speaking, social work, or medical (RN, CNA, LPN) Please schedule your in-person interviews for the following dates: 3/19/2018 10 AM to 2 PM 3/28/2018 10 AM ,to 1PM, 2 PM 3/30/2018 10 am to 2 pm 4/2/2018 - 4/3/2018 10 am to 2 pm please confirm your attendance for the following dates for the April Training: Tuesday April 10th Orientation 12 pm to 2 pm. Saturday, April 14th Training 9 am to 5 pm Saturday, April 21 Training 9 am to 5 pm Tuesday April 24th Swearing in ceremony 9am to 10:15 am. If you do not meet the above criteria, please confirm your attendance in the May Training: Tuesday May 1st Orientation 12 pm to 2 pm. Saturday May 5th Training 9 am to 3 pm. Saturday May 12th Training 9 am to 3 pm. Saturday May 19th Training 9 am to 3 pm. Saturday May 26th Training 9 am to 3 pm. Wednesday May 30th Swearing in Ceremony 9:00 am t0 10:15 am *for the may training I am interviewing on the following dates: Monday April 9th 10 am to 2 pm Tuesday April 10th 10 am to 2 pm Wednesday April 11th 10 am to 2 pm Friday April 13th 10 am to 2 pm I am assure you that the training opportunities moves very quickly. If you should have any questions or concerns around training I am available around 3 pm. via phone.