Illinois CASA works to assure sound public policies in Illinois on issues affecting the child welfare system, the well-being of children and youth in state custody and other policy areas related to our mission.
Along with the local CASA programs and their volunteers, Illinois CASA engages in a variety of efforts to study, develop and change public policies. Additionally, Illinois CASA staff members conduct research, collaborate with other advocacy and stakeholder groups, participate in special task forces and engage in other processes to develop and impact policy.
Current examples of Illinois CASA’s public policy endeavors include:
- Member of the Children’s Justice Task Force
- Attending and Contributing to Legislative Task Forces, Caucuses and Committees
- Participating in advisory councils at the Illinois Criminal Justice Authority, the Department of Children and Family Services and the Illinois Office of the Courts.
Illinois CASA with the support of our network is working hard to ensure and increase funding for the entire network in FY23 through Senate Bill 4146 and House Bill 4837.