Become a CASA/GAL Advocate Volunteer: Here’s How
Find a local program in your area.
Illinois CASA is network of 31 local programs serving in in 55 of the 102 counties throughout Illinois. Click here to find a local program in or near your community.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter or join our mailing list.