Illinois CASA Statistics
CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. A CASA is a trained, community volunteer who advocates for the best interests of children who have experienced abuse and neglect and 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 across 52 counties with 3,000+ volunteers who in FY21 advocated for the best interests of 9,074 children who have experienced abuse and neglect.
- 2,561 new cases were assigned last year in FY21.
- 1,950 cases were closed last year in FY21.
- 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.