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“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

 – Gandhi

INTERESTED IN becoming an advocate? start here!

What will my role be?

The Court Appointed Special Advocate is a trained volunteer whose role is to speak for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the juvenile court system, serving as the child’s appointed Guardian ad Litem. No legal or social service background is necessary.

Qualifications:

The CASA volunteer must be an adult (at least 21 years of age) and have the following qualifications:

  • Possess emotional maturity, stability, and common sense.

  • Be objective and flexible.

  • Exhibit self-assurance and assertiveness.

  • Have the ability to deal with hostility and rejection.

  • Be able to keep information confidential.

  • Be able to work within established guidelines.

  • Have the ability to interview, observe, listen, and analyze written material.

  • Be able to write clearly and concisely.

  • Have the ability to make decisions and set goals.

  • Be willing to commit to the program for a minimum of eighteen months.

Responsibilities:

  • Cooperate with reference and criminal background checks.

  • Successfully complete CASA of East Central Illinois program’s 30 hour pre-service training.

  • Swear an oath of confidentiality administered by a judge of Coles County or Cumberland County respectively.

  • Accept the assignment of a case as agreed between the volunteer and the Executive Director.

  • After reading the case file, meet with a mentor and/or the Executive Director to plan case strategy.

  • Research the case; interview the parties.

  • Work with the mentor, the Advocate Coordinator or Executive Director, and the CASA attorney regarding strategy.

  • Maintain complete written records of the case including appointments, interviews and any information gathered on the case.

  • Continue to consult with the mentor and Advocate Coordinator and/or the Executive Director throughout assignment.

  • Prepare a written report for the court that will be ready for distribution at least one week prior to the court hearing having been reviewed previously by the mentor and/or the Executive Director and the CASA attorney if deemed necessary.

  • Attend all court hearings for the case and assure that the best interests of the child are being represented at every stage of the process.

  • Attend DCFS biannual administrative case reviews for assigned case if possible.

  • While assigned to the case, continue contact with the child(ren) at least monthly and preferably in person.

  • Continue to monitor the case for the period of assignment, to assure compliance with court orders and notify the Court if such orders are being violated.

  • Work cooperatively with others within the child welfare system to strive for the permanency plan that best suits the child(ren).

  • Attend a minimum of six (6) educational in-service sessions or 12 hours of continual education annually.

  • Complete monthly data sheets for the program.

  • Accept, adhere to, and support the philosophy and policies of CASA of East Central Illinois.

Accountability

Upon successful completion of pre-service training and background checks, the CASA volunteer is accepted into the program by the Advocate Coordinator and the Executive Director. Although the CASA volunteer may work with a mentor, the CASA/GAL ultimately is responsible to and reports directly to the Advocate Coordinator. 

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READY TO BECOME A CASA? APPLY HERE!

Volunteer Application 
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Have you ever been convicted of a crime?

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If you have any questions about volunteering as a CASA advocate in Coles County or Cumberland County please contact us below or call Kim at 217-348-0599. 

UPON SUBMISSION, YOUR APPLICATION WILL BE REVIEWED AND YOU WILL BE CONTACTED SHORTLY.

CURRENT VOLUNTEER

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board information

INTERESTED IN BECOMING A BOARD MEMBER?

Qualifications/REQUIREMENTS:

  • The ability to attend Board and Committee meetings regularly.

  •  Financially contribute to CASA either by donation (no less than $150/yr) or donating office or fundraising supplies etc.)

  • The passion to help CASA meet our community's needs.

READY TO BECOME A

board member?

APPLY below!

 
Board Member Application 
Please check all special skills or areas of expertise you would contribute to Coles County CASA:
Availability for Meetings: The board meetings are held every other month from 4-5 pm on the 2nd Wednesday. 1. Could you regularly attend these meetings?

Thanks for submitting!

Our CURRENT

BOARD

Marilyn Coles (President)

Ky Newsome (Secretary)

Suellyn Garner (Treasurer)

Stephanie Anderson

John Hefner

Angela Justice

Lori Stults

Donna Pinnell

Jill Nilsen

Dr. Linda Simpson

Donna Pinnell

2021 board meeting

SCHEDULE 

Wednesday’s at 4 pm via Zoom

January 13, 2021
March 10, 2021
May 12, 2021
July 14, 2021
September 8, 2021
November 10, 2021