February 2014

Remember Valentine's Day when you were 8 years old?

Remember your fourth grade Valentine's Day party? You chose just the right perforated valentines, put them in flimsy envelopes, and wrote a special note to each classmate...Imagine being a child in foster care. Chances are you have been in multiple schools in just a few years. You are always that "new kid" nobody knows. Maybe you are the only kid who didn't get a valentine this year. Read More

January CASA Graduates Meet Judge Sarah Lessman and Other Key Court Colleagues

Our last CASA Lake County training graduates surround Juvenile Judge Sarah Lessman (center to the left of cut-out) after she addressed the group about the important role of a CASA in the life of an abused or neglected child. Their colleague Judge Valerie Ceckowski (not pictured) is also an ardent supporter of our volunteer advocates. Kathy Gordon, GAL, Lindsay Johnson, GAL, Kristen Robinson, PD, and Attorney Paul Novak also attended the presentation. This class was sworn in Thursday, January 30.

The First Class of 2014 with Judge Ceckowski

Eleven trained, compassionate volunteers join a family of advocates who help our most vulnerable children.

(From L to R) Front Row -- Pam Wallach (Buffalo Grove), Laurel Marr (Buffalo Grove), Gail Lifshitz (Buffalo Grove), Amy Stoll (Winnetka), Cristen Forrester (Wilmette).
(From L to R) Back Row -- Cathy Ross (Glencoe), Ann Ross (Glencoe), Judge Ceckowski, Jamie Epstein (Vernon Hills), Elsa De Jaegher (Winnetka), Jean-Jacques De Jaegher (Winnetka), Jeff Luckett (Hawthorn Woods), Suzanne Cash (Trainer). Not Shown -- Jerry Groen (Gurnee)
Save the Date for CASABLANCA 2014 and Golf for A Child Invitationals

Saturday, May 10, 2014 at Ravinia

Golf for a Child Invitational
Monday, June 16, 2014 at Kemper Lakes Golf Course, an exclusive CDW event

Monday, June 23, 2014 at Kemper Lakes Golf Course  
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 from 2013 

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 Child Abuse and Neglect: 
Upcoming Events 
Annual Volunteer
Appreciation 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: Advocating for Permanency

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

Aon Hewitt Building
4 Overlook Point
Lincolnshire, IL 60069


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