Dear CASA Supporter

For most children, summer means a joyful freedom in the absence of the regimented schedules of the school year. It is a carefree time when many create their most cherished lifelong memories.

Unfortunately, in the lives of our CASA kids summer can bring on a very different set of emotions.

Growing up in foster care can be chaotic even at the best of times. Among the turmoil of moving between different homes and living with different families, the structure of school can provide an element of stability. When summer starts, that structure goes away. Often without the opportunity to participate in organized summer activities, these children are left with no place to escape to, and they must constantly face the stressful realities of their very young lives.

It is for this reason that I am so grateful for our CASA volunteers during this time of year. Their long-term commitment to our CASA kids provides consistency amid the uncertainty and stability among the chaos.
Warm regards,
Terri Zenner Greenberg
Executive Director
Your support makes an impact

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

349 children served by CASAs
6 children had cases close

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

To CASA Mary Ellen, who successfully closed a case she has worked on for over ten years involving several children. The children all had good outcomes with either adoption or return home. Mary Ellen is a tireless veteran, and she has even stepped up to take on a new case right away.

To CASA Marla for her committed advocacy for her two CASA children. She has remained a constant in their lives despite one moving to a new placement and the children moving to a new agency. She was very instrumental in bringing the new caseworkers up to speed. She has shown patience working with overwhelmed and challenging foster parents. She has done an excellent job deepening her relationship with the children so that they know she always has their best interests at heart. 

To Ellen Paton   for her excellent educational advocacy which was instrumental in helping one of her CASA children get the support that he needed in school to address his challenging behaviors. With her wise input, she helped convince the school that special educational attnetion was needed and she helped provide stability in her CASA child’s schooling. She skillfully negotiated the school issues as the different people involved in the case had differing opinions about what her little CASA boy needed. She just received excellent feedback from his teacher that he is doing much better behaviorally and that he has stabilized.  
News and Upcoming Events
Welcome to Our Newest CASA Volunteers!
Congratulations to our newest CASAs who were sworn in by Judge Morozin on July 19th at Depke Juvenile Justice Center.

Left to right: Sylvia Oriatti, Jennifer Pfeifer, Kathleen Redding, Judge Morozin, Dane Cruz, Nichole Tonioni-Greskovich, Dia Weil, Julie Phipps, and Melissa Noack

Not pictured: Claudia Berman and Monique Goens
CASA's Last Taste of Summer
hosted by CASA's Young Professionals Board
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, play games, and learn a bit about the challenges that other kids face in the foster care system 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.
Congratulations to our 2018 Golf for a Child Champions
On June 18th, supporters from all over Lake County joined together for a day out at Kemper Lakes Golf Club in support of the abused and neglected children in our community. In all, over $90,000 was raised by our generous golfers. Those funds will support CASA volunteers for more than 45 children this year.

Congratulations to our winning team of Greg LaBelle, Nick Teplan, Brett Cromeans, Bob Rossi!

We'd like to give a special thanks to CDW, and friend, Jim (Norm) Lillis for supporting this event for so many years.
CASA Grateful for Good Neighbors
CASA would like to thank Hilary Winiarz and Amanda Carol for organizing a showing of the Mr. Rogers documentary, Won't You Be My Neighbor?, with the proceeds benefiting CASA Lake County.

In all, $2,500 was raised to support the Lake County CASA program.

Thank you to all who participated!

A WHOLE Lot of Thanks
In April, May, and June this year Whole Foods of Kildeer and Deerfield supported CASA Lake County through the One Dime at a Time program, which donates to charity on behalf of customers who bring their own shopping bags.

In three months over $3,800 was raised to support CASA Lake County.
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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