Dear CASA Supporter

For most of us, the holiday season signifies warmth, familiarity, and belonging. For children who have suffered abuse or neglect, those feelings can seem incredibly distant.
 
The experience of a child entering protective care is hard to imagine for those who haven’t lived it. Pulled from the only life they have known, they are dropped into an unfamiliar home with unfamiliar faces and unfamiliar rules. In the midst of so many changes, it is easy to see how harrowing it all can be for a child who has suffered extreme trauma.

A CASA Volunteer can light the way out of the darkness.

This holiday season, please make a choice to light the path to a brighter future for a Lake County child who needs an ally, an advocate, a CASA.

Wishing you and your family a joyful holiday season.
Yours in advocacy,
Terri Zenner Greenberg
Executive Director
There are 60 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...
244 Volunteers served as CASAs

353 children served by a CASA
15 children had cases close

100% with safe, permanent homes
Kudos for some amazing CASA Volunteers!
To CASA Robin who has been working with a young boy who has experienced multiple traumas including re-entering care after returning home and multiple failed foster placements. He has demonstrated some extreme behaviors and the most recent caregivers were unwilling to let him remain in their home. Robin has been there through the placement changes, DCFS meetings, and discussions of new service and placement options. She has tirelessly advocated for this child, reaching out to the case worker and ensuring this child’s needs remain a priority as he yet again transitions to a new home.
To CASA Diane for advocating tirelessly for her CASA teen. When a caseworker did not follow through on a promised overnight visitation with the birth parents, Diane was there to make sure he had a full day to visit the following day and took the time to explain to her teen how and why the original visitation plans had been changed. 
To CASA Ken, who is now advocating for a CASA teen after his first case closed. Ken has a wonderful way of connecting with his CASA children through sports and fun activities. Though playing catch or shooting baskets with a child, Ken establishes trust and comfort in order to open the door to meaningful conversations. In addition to accepting a new case, Ken has made a personal commitment to continue visiting the two children from his previous case every month at the request of the children’s and their adoptive parents.
News and Upcoming Events
Commitment and Dedication
On November 27th CASA Board members, staff, volunteers, and representatives from the courts gathered at CASA's office to recognize two wonderful individuals, Lori Komisar and Morris Silverman.

During the event, the volunteer training room at CASA's office was dedicated in honor of the leadership Lori and Morris have shown in supporting the Lake County CASA program and volunteers.

From a grateful community--thank you to both of these two caring people.
Board President Brent Arnold, Morris Silverman, Lori Komisar, Board VP Noga Villalon, Executive Director Terri Zenner Greenberg
A Generous Community
Schools, businesses, and families from around Lake County opened their hearts this year to provide an eye-popping amount of winter clothes for our CASA kids.

CASA were invited to visit the office for a shopping spree to ensure that every child served has the clothing they need for the cold months ahead.

Thank you to everyone who helped make it happen!
Thank you to everyone who contributed

  • 12 Local Starbucks Locations
  • Tru Core and Move Pilates Studios
  • City Barbeque Vernon Hills
  • Soma
  • Walden Elementary WE Care
  • Families Helping Families
  • Grainger
  • Buckle Up Babes
  • Whitehall Manor
  • Tina Grubesic
Happy Holidays
For nearly two decades Alight, Aon, and (formerly) Hewitt have partnered with CASA for a holiday toy drive to help check off the wish lists for every foster child in Lake County.

It is truly heartwarming to watch the families of Aon and Alight employees bring in astounding numbers of toys for kids who might otherwise not have presents for the holidays.

Like every year, Santa took time out of his busy schedule to thank the kids for helping him to provide presents to all the children.
Santa and an excellent helper!
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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