Dear CASA Supporter

As we approach back-to-school season we recognize some of the challenges faced by our CASA kids. This time of year means new classes, new teachers, and new peers. This can be a difficult adjustment period for any child, but is multiplied for a child who doesn't have a strong support system.
 
Going back to school also means all kids will need things like school supplies, school uniforms, and back-to-school paperwork, but the needs become more complicated for our children who are frequently moved between districts. When a child’s life is taken over by the chaos of the child welfare system, these things can easily fall through the cracks.
 
A CASA can provide support to their CASA child by being the constant amidst the new changes in their life. They can be a friend, a listening ear, maybe even a source of advice as the child navigates the new school year. A CASA can ensure that schools and foster parents are aware of special educational needs and that arrangements are made to address those needs.
 
Support a CASA volunteer, who can help CASA children with their transition into the new school year.
Yours in advocacy,
Terri Zenner Greenberg
Executive Director
There are 68 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...
238 Volunteers served as CASAs

454 children served by a CASA

9 children had cases close
Kudos for some amazing CASA Volunteers!
CASA Amy has gone above and beyond as CASA to two little girls. When the girls were removed from foster care, pending an investigation, Amy was there, offering support and compassion. To add to the family’s devastation, one of the girls was hospitalized a few days before removal from the home. During the hospitalization, Amy was the child’s “rock,” visiting her at the hospital a couple of times a week. Amy’s constant support has been key to the well being of her CASA children who were returned to the placement after the original allegations were determined to be unfounded.
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CASA Janet for her steadfast dedication to her CASA children. She has tirelessly advocated for her two CASA boys who are both going to be adopted by wonderful families. Meanwhile, she has agreed to take on another case. This is Janet’s sixth CASA case. Janet is both a fierce advocate and a consistent presence for her CASA children.
CASA Christine  whose dedicated advocacy helped her CASA child’s case close in reunification with her mother. Christine was a strong voice for the child throughout the case. She formed a good relationship with her child and the mother, and she was able to objectively affirm that it was in the child’s best interests to return home. This was Christine’s third case to happily close in reunification. She has had many CASA children who were grateful for having been returned to their families.
News and Upcoming Events
20th Annual Golf for a Child Invitational
In July CASA we hosted our 20th annual golf outing! We are so grateful to those who golfed with us, as well as to our corporate sponsors.Through the amazing generosity of everyone involved, CASA raised $95,000- enough to support nearly 50 neglected and/or abused children for a year.
We would like to warmly congratulate our winning teams! In 1st place was: Ryan Sander, Lance Busdeker, Mike Brickhouse, and Nick Matheson. In 2nd place was: Will Waller, Tom Hecker, Jim Hecker, and Mike Hecker, and in 3rd place but not least was: Chris Cantwell, Peter Watts, Greg Poulos, and Scott Detota. Congratulations all!

Finally, we would like to thank our sponsors ITW, Lenovo, Arrow, The Boehrer Family, 1st Bank of Highland Park, CIBC Bank, Nutanix, TechData, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Judi Duchossois, and especially our title sponsor, Wells Fargo Advisors. We could not have done it without your support!

See photos from the great day: click here
We have a new group of CASA volunteers!
CASA welcomed 17 new CASA volunteers this month! We are so thankful to this great group for pledging to advocate for the best interests of their CASA kids. Given our increased numbers of new cases these new advocates will begin immediately. Our CASA volunteers are the heroes who work tirelessly on behalf of the children we serve and we are grateful to have them join our growing team!
CASA Back-to-School Open House
CASA recently held its annual back-to-school open house where CASA volunteers picked out winter jackets, clothes, personal care items, and school supplies for their CASA kids. These items were generously donated to CASA throughout the year. We appreciate the selfless acts of kindness of all who were involved in making sure that CASA kids have what they need this coming school year!
CASA Thanks Our 2019 Mission Partners
Mission Statement

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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