CASA of Cook County is the only program of its kind in Cook County and has an exclusive position within the Cook County Child Protection Division . What makes CASA of Cook County a unique entity is that unlike Guardians Ad Litem and caseworkers, CASA Volunteer Advocates handle only one case at a time and are able to give each child the proper amount of time and dedication they deserve. Each Volunteer Advocate forms a one-to-one caring relationship with a child; determines that child's unique situation, needs, and interests; conveys those observations to the Court; and verifies the child receives the services he needs. CASA of Cook County is introduced to a family when a judge in the CPD of the Cook County Juvenile Court appoints CASA to that family's case. Judges rely on the information that CASA Advocates provide. Judges are assured that CASA Advocates do not present a legal position; instead the Advocate's sole motivation is the best interest of the child in need.
CASA of Cook County's Child Advocacy Program works to diminish the challenges faced by children in foster care by recruiting, training and supervising community volunteers who advocate for the best interests of children in court. Because each case and each child is unique, the CASA volunteer provides individual attention and focuses on one case at a time. The CASA Volunteer Advocates does not argue a legal opinion, but speaks up for and on behalf of the child; who often are afraid to speak up.
tl;dr we help children and youth in the foster care system find a safe, permanent home
What new functionality we are looking for
OMG!!! Have you seen our website? It's a health hazard!
We need the new website to be more functional, to have database capacity-collect volunteer info.
We need it to look pretty not just a flat white screen with a huge video.
It needs to serve a purpose not just for the sake of having a site, but to convey a message and promote awareness.
Right now it is all over the place, the layout doesn't make sense. Hard to find the right tabs to get info on us.
Please, please, please for the love of God can be it something else than EE! How about Word Press? Let's keep it simple.
How the new functionality will help
People leave our site because it is too busy. We have great content but the layout/function is a turnoff. If more people are on our site more people will learn about the amazing work we do which can translate into $$$$!
WE NEED YOUR HELP! PLEASE!
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CASA of Cook Countyâ€™s mission is to speak up in court for abused and neglected children and ensures that children live in safe, permanent homes. CASA of Cook Countyâ€™s trained volunteers research cases and communicate with children to provide valuable information to the court. Judges rely on this additional information to make the best decisions about childrenâ€™s futures.
CASA of Cook County was established in 1986 under the auspices of Illinois Action for Children (not related to the current IAFC) as the first CASA program in Illinois, and became an independent 501(c) (3) organization in August 2001. Operating in the second most populous county in the United States, CASA of Cook County is the largest of 34 CASA programs in the State of Illinois
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