Illinois CASA Statistics
CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. Volunteer advocates are trained, community members who advocate for the best interests of children who have experienced abuse and neglect and are involved with the child welfare system. Volunteer advocates serve in child abuse and neglect cases, Termination of Parental Rights (TPR) cases and sometimes in adoption proceedings.
- In Illinois there are 31 local programs serving in 54 of the 102 counties in Illinois. In FY21, 3,500+ volunteers and staff partners advocated for the best interests of 9,350 children who have experienced abuse and neglect.
- 1,321 children returned to their home of origin in FY21. Of the 2,552 cases which closed, the #1 permanency outcome was the reunification of a child with their family of origin.
- No child assigned a CASA died and less than 0.5% re-entered foster care.
- Our goal is to ensure every child has access to a CASA volunteer by 2025.