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Illinois DCFS thanks foster parents and encourages the public
to become licensed foster families
As we look towards April to highlight Child Abuse Prevention Month and celebrate National Volunteer Month please review attached press release. We are thrilled to honor 31 individuals from across the state serving as volunteer advocates with The President’s Volunteer Service Award. Also announced today: Illinois CASA Judge of the Year, Illinois CASA Board Member of the Year and Illinois CASA Staff Partner of the Year. Click Read More for Press Release.
Illinois CASA is pleased to share our FY21 Annual Report. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we are grateful for the hard work carried out by more than 3,200 volunteer advocates across Illinois as well as the staff partners at our 31 Local CASA Programs. Also, sincere thanks to our funders and our court and community based partners who share a vision of an Illinois where all children thrive in a safe, permanent and loving home.
Illinois CASA Board of Directors met in June 2021 to conduct their final meeting in FY21. The Board adopted a new DEI mission statement with focus to strive to ensure equity for all children who have experienced abuse and/or neglect in Illinois regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, disability or socio-economic status.
What qualities does a CASA volunteer need to have? "...having a big heart and an open mind will start the process."
“Ask yourself how many times someone has used your name or a pronoun to refer to you today. Chances are this has happened countless times. Now, imagine that your coworker, or a family member, or your doctor or a friend routinely calls you by the wrong pronoun. That would be hard. This is why using…