McHenry County CASA Needs Volunteers

McHenry County CASA expects to soon have more cases than volunteers.

More than 100 CASA volunteers currently serve more than 135 children, but there are more than 225 children in the McHenry County juvenile court system. Many of these children are in foster homes and may remain in the system for years before obtaining permanent homes.

A recent update to the Illinois Juvenile Court Act, effective Jan. 1, states that all children tried in court for child abuse and neglect in Illinois must be named CASAs (Special Advocate Appointed by the court). These volunteers give a voice to abused and neglected children by being a consistent and stable adult in the child’s life and providing the court with necessary information regarding the child’s well-being.

McHenry County CASA hosts information meetings about the volunteer role of a CASA. In-person information sessions will be offered at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 22 at the CASA office, 630 Route 31, Suite 101, Crystal Lake; 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 23, at the Cary Area Public Library, 1606 Three Oaks Road, Cary; and 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8, at the Woodstock Public Library, 414 W. Judd St.

A virtual information session will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 15. For information, visit www.CASAMcHenryCounty.org.

CASA volunteers take on a single case to spend time gathering the information the judge needs to make decisions in the best interests of each child.

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