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Illinois Child Welfare Statistics at a Glance

Who We Are

Illinois CASA Statistics

CASA stands for court appointed special advocate. A CASA is a trained, community volunteer who advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children who are involved with the child welfare system. CASA volunteers serve in child abuse and neglect cases, Termination of Parental Rights (TPR) cases and sometimes in adoption proceedings.

  • In Illinois there are 31 non-profit CASA programs with nearly 2,891 volunteers who in FY 2020 advocated for the best interests of 8,583 child victims of abuse and neglect. The 31 local CASA programs were assigned to 2,866 new children in FY 2020.
  • 1,931¬†children assigned a CASA volunteer are now in a safe permanent home.
  • 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.

Download the Illinois CASA 3-Year Growth Plan


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