CASA KANE COUNTY
CASA Kane County is a nonprofit volunteer organization that has been advocating for the best interests of abused and neglected children within the Juvenile Court system since 1988. CASA Kane County recruits, trains, and supervises community volunteers who serve as Court Appointed Special Advocates and Guardians ad Litem (CASA/GAL) for children who are in court due to abuse, neglect or private guardianship.
CASA Kane County’s 230 CASA/GAL volunteers are serving over 600 children throughout Kane County annually. CASA Kane County is one of over 1,000 CASA organizations across the country, and one of 38 within the State of Illinois. The organization is a registered 501(c)(3) organization, and relies solely on philanthropic support from individuals, grants and special event fundraising to support its operations. The CASA Kane County office is located in the downtown district of Geneva in the old courthouse that represents a county with over 500,000 people serving 28 cities.
For more information about CASA Kane County, please call (630) 232-4484, or visit our website at www.casakanecounty.org.
what guides us
Through caring and dedicated volunteers, CASA of Kane County will advocate for all children in need, will generate awareness of their plight, and will cultivate strong partnerships with individuals and organizations committed to bettering the lives of abused and neglected children. CASA of Kane County will advocate for the best interests of each and every one of its children, and in doing so, help ensure that the child client’s rights listed below are received and respected.
Every child in care has a right…
- To a safe, healthy, and appropriate environment, either with his/her biological family, with an adoptive family, or in continuing foster care.
- To be informed of his/her rights as a youth in care, and to be an active participant in their case when appropriate.
- To confidential communications with his/her attorney, caseworker, and CASA Volunteer, and to have his/her privacy protected.
- To have his/her best interests represented at every court hearing by the CASA/GAL who is represented by an attorney.
- To receive necessary medical, dental, vision, hearing, and mental health services.
- To have consistent access to quality education, guidance, and preparation for adulthood.
- To practice his/her religion and uphold their cultural values without restriction, and to participate in extra-curricular, community, and life-enriching activities when appropriate.
- To be protected from physical, emotional, sexual, and other forms of abuse, and to be safeguarded from discrimination.
- To have consistent and healthy visits with siblings and other family members if deemed appropriate by the court.
- To receive consistent, high quality child welfare services for the duration of his/her time in care.
Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To ensure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the nonprofit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:
- To be informed of the organization’s mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
- To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization’s governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
- To have access to the organization’s most recent financial statements.
- To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
- To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.
- To be assured that information about their donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
- To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
- To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.
- To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.
- To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.
Our obligation is to ensure that the children we represent will be visited at least monthly, and that their needs, desires and circumstances will be reported to the court at every scheduled hearing. The Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian Ad Litem (CASA/GAL) will be the consistent person in the child’s life.
A diverse CASA/GAL network helps us to better understand and promote the well-being of the children we serve. Embracing diversity makes us better advocates by providing fresh ideas and perspectives for problem solving in our multicultural world, enabling us to respond to each child’s unique needs.