The goal of CASA of Effingham County and CASA of South Central Illinois (Clinton and Marion counties) is to help build stronger families and stronger communities.
Often times when a family experiences crisis, child welfare services may need to intervene. We work collaboratively by recruiting, training and supporting volunteers who are community members from all walks of life.
We seek to serve 100% of children and youth in care in our communities.
CASA of Effingham County and CASA of South Central Illinois (Clinton and Marion counties) are not-for-profit organizations dedicated to providing highly trained volunteers to advocate for the best interests of children and youth who have experienced abuse and neglect.
CASA volunteers work cooperatively with the Juvenile Court System to ensure prompt delivery of services and to make independent recommendations to the court concerning the child or youth's well-being.
CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. Community volunteers are appointed by a judge to advocate on behalf of children and youth who have experienced abuse and neglect.
CASA volunteers stay with each case until it is closed and the child is in a safe, permanent home. CASA volunteers work with legal and child welfare professionals, educators, and service providers to ensure that the courts have all the information they need to make the best decision for the child.