Dear CASA Supporter,
This year has been a challenging one for many of us, but even more so for children who are in foster care due to abuse and neglect. As a supporter of CASA and member of the CASA family, you are probably familiar with many of the difficulties placed on our CASA kids. Thanks to your generous support and the incredible efforts of our volunteers, we have sought to ease the burden for our CASA children as much as possible.
 
In that spirit, we want to focus on all of the GOOD that has occurred and honor the ways in which our community of supporters and volunteers have made the lives of children in foster care better! We have seen our volunteers, donors, and the community at large step up in amazing ways and we wanted to share some of them with you. 
Thanksgiving Baskets

Thank you to the members of North Suburban Church, in Deerfield who prepared 52 baskets full of traditional Thanksgiving foods and donated them to CASA Lake County for distribution to foster families in need.

Thanks to this support we were able to provide meals directly to families in need.
Giving Tuesday

WOW! Our supporters were so generous on Giving Tuesday! Our caring community raised over $22,000, a record for our agency!
 
Thank you to all who set up their own Giving Tuesday fundraiser pages and shared it with your network! We are inspired by your generosity. 
Thank you to The Medline Foundation and The John and Kathleen Schreiber Foundation!
During this time of great need, we are so grateful for the generous support of these two foundations. They understand that every child who has suffered abuse or neglect deserves an advocate and ally. 
 
That is why the The John and Kathleen Schreiber Foundation has given $100,000 and the Medline Foundation has given $25,000 to invest in the addition of more CASA volunteers to serve children on our growing waitlist.
Junior League of Evanston- Northshore

We are extremely grateful to Junior League of Evanston - North Shore for the beautiful and fun-filled holiday gift baskets for our CASA children! 
 
Thank you all so much for keeping our CASA kids close to your hearts and making it possible for them to enjoy these family holiday traditions!
Holiday Giving Trees

Thank you to the over 20 Starbucks stores in our community for hosting a Giving Tree this year. Generous community members have donated many toys, clothes, winter jackets, pajamas, toys, books, and more.

Also a huge thank you to the staff and volunteers managing this huge project!
Toys from Let It be Us
Our office now looks like "Santa's Workshop" thanks to the generosity of of our community in addition to the generosity of “Let It Be Us” for their donation of a multitude of toys for our CASA kids.
If there was one word I could use to sum up our year at CASA Lake County, it would be “grateful.” Grateful to our volunteers, grateful to our supports, and grateful for our entire community seeking to make the lives of children in foster care better.

We wish you and your loved ones a safe and happy holiday season. 
Terri Zenner Greenberg
Executive Director

There are 80 Lake County children waiting for a CASA volunteer right now. Give the gift of a brighter future. Give a child a CASA.
Your support makes an impact

In just the last month...
286 Volunteers served as CASAs

489 children served by a CASA

2 children had cases close
Kudos for some amazing CASA Volunteers!

To CASA Harjeet as she has continued to do regular check-ins via Facetime with her CASA child and his foster mother. Harjeet has been diligent in monitoring the child’s development. As the foster mother has grown more comfortable talking to Harjeet about her concerns, Harjeet has assisted the foster mother to get services, such as a speech assessment, in place for the child.  
To CASA Amy for her never ending dedication to her CASA child. Despite many obstacles due to the pandemic, Amy has persevered in her commitment to visiting the child in his residential placement and being his voice when he has none. As the child has had many losses, including no visits from his biological mother and school disruptions and displacements, Amy has been his rock and the one constant in his life since he came into care. 

To CASA Diane who had a teen case that recently closed. She received a text from her CASA youth that said in part ”...you inspired me to do better and become a better person and showed me anything is possible. You are like the mother I never had....”
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CASA Lake County is a nonprofit organization that advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children within the juvenile court system. Based on the belief that every child is entitled to a safe and permanent home, thoroughly trained CASA volunteers work in collaboration with key agencies, legal counsel and community resources to serve as the child's advocate and represent the child's best interest in juvenile court.
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