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How To Help

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 55 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.

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 LinkedInInstagram, Facebook and Twitter or join our mailing list

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

Make a Donation

We need your help to ensure that every child has a champion – a CASA or GAL volunteer. Illinois CASA’s network serves more than nearly 9,000 children and youth throughout the state who have been abused or neglected. A donation to Illinois CASA is an investment in our state’s future. With your gift to Illinois CASA, you can help the local program(s) in your community AND around the state to provide the very best volunteer advocacy for children removed from their homes due to abuse and/or neglect.

Volunteer your time to Change A Child’s Story.