January 2014

Dear Friends,

Although 2014 began with bitingly cold temperatures, our hearts at CASA are warm.  We welcomed over 450 new supporters to our family last year...I am grateful for many of you stepping up to help provide a CASA volunteer for every abused and neglected child that needs one.


Your gifts were especially meaningful because even during the tail-end of a recession, so many of you gave. You didn't shield yourself from the gut-wrenching headlines like "Illinois is losing more kids to child abuse and neglect than any time in 30 years despite being under the watch of the child-welfare authorities." You didn't turn your back on the 1,500 children who were reportedly abused in Lake County or the current 593 we fight for every day. And if you are not a CASA volunteer, you supported the 297 advocates who are -- you did your part in serving these hundreds of innocent victims. Thank you.


PLEASE, don't go anywhere! We need you more than ever. There are many children still waiting for a CASA. We need to sustain our 297 advocates as well as train additional ones. 2014 marks our 20th year...and we simply couldn't have done it without you.


We wish you a healthy, happy and safe New Year.

With deep appreciation,
-- Terri
P.S.  Stay in touch! Visit us on www.casalakecounty.com or Like Us on Facebook

Sisters forever -- Janelle and Jessica

A few weeks ago, CBS This Morning did a story on Oprah's auction for charity, something very interesting happened. She was quick to part with priceless paintings and 18th century furniture, but when they wheeled out her porcelain doll, she broke into tears. She said she simply couldn't part with it...She couldn't separate it from her other dolls. We're talking about dolls... Read more
Karaoke for CASA - A True Mitzvah
CASA Advocate Lori Nevel (far right) Phoebe Nevel present a $ 1,200 check to Terri Z. Greenberg. It was a Mazel Tov moment!
The old adage that "charity begins at home" rang true in the Nevel household. When CASA Advocate Lori asked her daughter Phoebe what philanthropic project she wanted to do prior to her Bat Mitzvah in February, she didn't hesitate. Read more
CASA Advocate Lisa Hall at the NASCAR awards ceremony

National CASA Named Finalist in NASCAR'S 2013 Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award  


What does race car driving and CASA have in common? A commitment to children. If you voted online for National CASA to win the NASCAR Foundation's award, it worked!  Read more

CASA Lake County Announces an innovative new partnership with Investing in Communities!
CASA Lake County is excited to announce a partnership with Investing In Communities (IIC), an innovative new partnership which allows us to generate funding -- at no cost -- through real estate transactions. Read more 

Lake County Companies are shining stars in 2013 Civic 50 List of Community-Minded Corporations...


National CASA recently shared some enlightening results of a study on philanthropic generosity. The National Conference on Citizenship, Points of Light and Bloomberg recently released The Civic 50 List for 2013. Read more 

CASA Advocate Joanna Lynn

Welcome to the Board, Joanna!

We are delighted to announce that Joanna Lynn, manager of Third-Party Assurance in the Internal Audit department at Aon and a CASA advocate for the past three years, has joined the CASA Lake County Board. 
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CASA Lake County's Mission
CASA is central to fulfilling society's most fundamental obligation by making sure a qualified, compassionate adult will fight for and protect a child's right to be safe, to be treated with dignity and respect, and to learn and grow in the security of a loving family.
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 Facts you should know...


Active Volunteers = 297

New Volunteers = 60

Children with a CASA = 563

New Cases = 82

New Children = 169

Children in Safe, Permanent Homes = 111 (20%)

 National Research Findings 


  • Children with CASA volunteers spend 7.5 months less in foster care.      
  • 90% of children with CASA volunteers never reenter the child welfare system.       
  • In 2012, CASA volunteers contributed 5.4 million advocacy hours, equivalent to $270 million in taxpayer dollars if compensated for their service.  
  • Total Cost of Indirect Cost of Child Abuse and Neglect:
Upcoming Events 
Annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner

March 8, 2014
6:00-8:00 pm

The Arboretum Club, Buffalo Grove, IL

Dinner, dancing, awards and community


CASA Annual All Day In-service

Saturday, April 12, 2014
9:00 am - 3:00pm

Aon Hewitt Building
4 Overlook Point
Lincolnshire, IL 60069

$35.00 training fee (includes breakfast and lunch)


Save the Date  
CASAblanca Gala
May 10, 2014
at Ravinia

Golf for a Child Invitational

Kemper Lakes Golf Club

June 16, 2014
an exclusive CDW event

June 23, 2014