VOLUNTEER

At CASA Kane County

THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN VOLUNTEERING

Volunteers are vital to our mission of serving 100% of the abused and neglected children in the 16th Judicial Circuit.  Our volunteers fill many roles – from serving as a Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian ad Litem (CASA/GAL); to helping collect gifts for youth in care during the holiday season; being our “boots on the ground” in order to set up and manage one of our many fundraising events; to serving on a committee or in a leadership role for the organization. 

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.​

Chairmans 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. CAP members are ambassadors in the community and provide insight, guidance and different perspectives to the Executive Director and team.

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 including but not limited to event set up; tangible item collections; and other miscellaneous projects

CASA/GAL Volunteer Qualifications

  • Age 21 or older
  • Attend a General Information Meeting
  • Completion of CASA application with references
  • Pass background check
  • Participation in an interview
  • Successful completion of a 45-hour training
  • Demonstrates emotional maturity
  • Is objective and flexible
  • Has the ability to make decisions and set goals
  • Is willing to commit to the program for a minimum of 3 years

Responsibilities of a
CASA/GAL Volunteer

  • Visit the child at least once to twice a month
  • Investigate the child’s situation and needs
  • Observe parent/child visitations
  • Interview relevant people such as parents, relatives, foster parents, social workers, school and medical personnel
  • Review records (medical, school, DCFS), social history assessments, investigative reports, client service plans and other reports to the court with recommendations
  • Attend and participate in all court hearings and meetings regarding the child
  • Attend and participate in all court hearings and meetings regarding the child
  • Adhere to strict confidential requirements
  • Complete 12 hours of continuing education yearly to enhance knowledge

Benefits of volunteering with
CASA Kane County

  • Personal Growth
  • Increased knowledge of non-profit sector
  • Increased awareness of child advocacy, foster care system and childhood abuse and neglect
  • Interaction with community minded service-oriented people
  • Annual recognition evening for volunteers
  • Professional networking opportunities
  • Personal satisfaction of giving back and serving local community
  • Helping children who have been abused or neglected

Take the first step
Attend a General Information Meeting

Interested in becoming a CASA/GAL Volunteer?
Take the first step and attend one of our General Information Meetings.

Unable to join us for one of the above dates? Or have a group you would like us to present at?
Fill out the form below and our team will be in touch with you!

APPLY TO VOLUNTEER!

All persons interested in volunteering for CASA Kane County must complete the inquiry form below.  An automatic email will be sent confirming receipt of the inquiry form.  Please know that receipt of an inquiry does not guarantee placement as a volunteer.  After reviewing your inquiry, a member of our team will be in contact with you to discuss next steps.

MEET OUR VOLUNTEERS

CASA Kane County’s CASA/GAL volunteers are ordinary people doing extraordinary things.  These volunteers come from all walks of life, unique backgrounds and ethnicities, but share a common goal of helping a child in need.  We are so fortunate to have these everyday citizens supporting our mission and helping vulnerable children navigate the overburdened foster care system.