WHO WE ARE

CASA Kane County is a nonprofit organization that prevents children from falling through the cracks of the heavily populated court and child welfare system. This is done by providing each child with the voice of a well-trained volunteer advocate. Meeting the needs of children is our priority.

MISSION
CASA Kane County is a nonprofit, volunteer organization that advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children within the Juvenile Court system.

VISION
We believe that every child has the right to a safe, nurturing and permanent home, and deserves the support and involvement of their community to make this all possible.

VALUES
Well-chosen values serve as meaningful guidelines for every program or activity, regardless of whether the stakeholders are volunteers, staff, advising boards or others.

Child Demographics

CASA Kane County relied on 250 trained volunteers to represent 514 children in Juvenile and Probate Courts last year. These children range in age from birth to 21-year-olds who are ready to live independently.

Frequently Asked Questions

Still have questions about CASA Kane County? Check out our FAQs to see our most commonly asked questions. We answer who we are, what is a CASA/GAL, how we measure successes, and donations.

Our
Leadership

Gloria Kelley has served as the Executive Director since 2007. Gloria leads 16 professional staff, 20 board of directors, 40 chairman’s advisory panel members and over 280 plus CASA/GAL volunteers.

Staff & Employment

Get to know our team better! Learn more with bios and contact info for each team member. Also make sure to check back often to see what new and exciting job opportunities are open at CASA Kane County.

Find out more about CASA

Listen to this podcast

Gloria Kelley, CASA Executive Director, and a CASA volunteer talk with Bill and Carol Waxenberg of “Once Upon A Time” podcast about what it means to be a Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian ad Litem. 

What Your Dollars Made Possible

Ø 330 children were served in Abuse and Neglect court.
Ø 84 children were served in Probate court.
Ø 37% of cases closed resulted in adoption.
Ø 41% of cases closed in reunification.
Ø 250 active CASA/GAL volunteers advocated for a total of 514 children.
Ø 17,445 hours were spent with the children by CASA/GAL volunteers.
Ø 99.5% of children did not experience a recurrence of abuse or neglect.
Ø 80% of children in Abuse and Neglect court resided in 3 or few placements.
Ø 88% of children had no change in their CASA/GAL volunteer.
Ø CASA initiated CASA University Education and Compliance.

Watch this 3-minute video on how CASA Kane County provides hope for children in an overburdened foster care system.

MISSION PARTNERS

OUR IMPACT IN NUMBERS

CASA Kane County relied on 250 trained volunteers to represent 514 children in Juvenile and Probate Courts last year.  These children range in age from birth to 21-year-olds who are ready to live independently.  All of these children and young adults relied on their CASA/GAL volunteer to make certain that their goals of safety and permanency were achieved.

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Volunteer opportunities

General Program Volunteer

A volunteer who after an application and orientation process commits to completing a short-term project on behalf of CASA Kane County.

Chairman's Advisory Panel (CAP)

A volunteer professional who after an application and orientation process commits to serving at least two years and meets four times a year.

CASA/GAL Volunteer

A volunteer who after completing an application, interviews, background checks and 45 hours of training, makes a 3 to 4 year commitment to serve as a child’s court appointed advocate in abuse and neglect, probate and juvenile justice cases.

OUR EVENTS

SUPERHEROES LUNCHEON

Please join us to learn more about CASA Kane County's mission as we advocate to change a child's story. Guests will hear from motivational speaker Chris Norton.

CHILDREN'S CHAMPION GALA

Join CASA for our annual Children's Champion Celebration Gala, our largest fundraiser of the year. Help us break the cycle of abuse and neglect and change a child's story.