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Volunteer your time to Change A Child’s Story.

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 LinkedInInstagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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Become a CASA/GAL Advocate Volunteer: Here’s How

Step 1:
Find a local program in your area.

Illinois CASA is network of 31 local programs serving in in 59 of the 102 counties throughout Illinois. Click here to find a local program in or near your community.

Step 2:
Contact your local CASA program.

Each program’s application process is slightly different, so contact them to receive more details about your next step.

Step 3:
Complete a Background Check.

Volunteer advocates 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.

Step 4: 
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 an efficient and effective advocate for our children.

Step 5: 
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 needs your voice.

Our impact this year has changed our community!

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Thank you to our generous sponsors:

  • National CASA
    National CASA
  • Illinois DCFS
    Illinois DCFS
  • The Office of Illinois Courts
    The Office of Illinois Courts
  • Illinois Attorney General
    Illinois Attorney General