Dear CASA Supporter

The past month has seen children from throughout our region return to school to begin the next step toward what we hope are the brightest of futures.

As the school year begins, CASA programs around the country encounter an heartbreaking challenge as the number of children entering care due to abuse or neglect spikes.

Teachers and school administrators are often the first people to identify and report the signs of abuse. Children who suffer mistreatment at home often also have minimized social connections outside the home. For this reason teachers are some of the few people who can make first-hand observations of the signs of abuse or neglect. They might notice a child who seems weak and malnourished, a child with an untreated ailment, bruises or injuries, or even simply an empty chair for a child who has never showed up at all.

It is an incredibly important role that educators can serve in taking the first step in putting an end to abuse, because once mistreatment is recognized, our passionate CASA volunteers can begin their work.

A CASA enters at the most critical time, when the child feels alone, scared, and confused. We are grateful to have 270 volunteers advocating for the best interests of these children, in their homes, at their schools, and in the court room so that every child will have a trusted ally by their side.
Yours in advocacy,
Terri Zenner Greenberg
Executive Director
Your support makes an impact

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

346 children served by a CASA
9 children had cases close

100% with safe, permanent homes
Kudos for some amazing CASA Volunteers!

To CASAs Elsa and Jean Jacques for their excellent advocacy which led to their second CASA child being adopted. It was wonderful to see how they impacted this young man's life. In particular they encouraged and nurtured his love for music which has played a huge role in his life. From having him practice during visits to talking about his favorite pieces of music to going to a concert with him to watch his band director perform, it was heartwarming to see him flourish with their encouragement.

To CASA Marion for doing a great job at preparing her teen for a job interview. They role played where each played the interviewer/interviewee. To keep things going, at times Marion and her teen would give the silliest answers possible. The practice interview helped her teen understand how to dress, what questions to ask, and what his general demeanor should be. This was a real help to this 17 year old!

To CASA Ann who began her first case in February 2017. Her three CASA children came into care due to physical abuse in the home. Although the children live on the far south side of Chicago, Ann has never missed a monthly visit. Ann’s commitment to her case has been extraordinary; she remains vigilant in ensuring the children’s medical, educational, and therapeutic needs are being met. In addition, Ann demonstrates her creativity during visits by coming up with fun activities to do with the children such as yoga, painting, and teaching them to make paper fortune tellers.
News and Upcoming Events
Join CASA This Weekend!
CASA's YPB invites you to bring your whole family to Blue Star Memorial Woods on Sunday, September 16th.

Let the kids jump out all their energy in the bounce house and play games while you relax and take in every bit of the late summer weather! Food and drink is included in your ticket price.

Follow the link below for more details.

Thanks to our event partners Ravinia Brewing and City Barbecue!
Thanks to Alight Solutions and Cradles to Crayons
CASA is so grateful to Alight Solutions, Cradles to Crayons Chicago and CASA Board Member, Joanna Lynn, for providing customized donation kits for the children and families served by our CASA Volunteers.

On July 27th employees from Alight and CASA joined with Cradles staff to assemble packages of donated items to meet the specific needs of our CASA kids.
CASA Grateful for New Support
CASA would like to thank the Healthcare Foundation of Northern Lake County for their commitment of $20,000 to supporting the work of our CASA volunteers in the current year.

This grant is the first of its kind between HFNLC and CASA, and it signifies the value that the foundation places on the potential of CASA volunteers to provide advocacy for medical services for the children they serve.
CASA Thanks Our 2018 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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