To ensure that every abused and neglected child is placed in a safe and permanent home by utilizing specially trained community volunteers who advocate for abused and neglected children going through the court system.
Court Appointed Special Advocates’ (CASA) goal is that every abused and neglected child is placed in a safe, permanent home as quickly as possible. To build the nationally recognized advocate program for abused and neglected children throughout the 10th Judicial Circuit (Peoria, Tazewell, Marshall, Putnam and Stark counties). Specifically, our vision is to:
- Increase volunteerism with quality case management and training
- Provide consistent and quality advocacy services and programs
- Increase awareness and visibility for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
- Implement fundraising plans that will sustain our future for generations to come
We believe that all children have the right to a safe, permanent home and deserve the support and involvement of their community to make this possible.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) helps children achieve permanent homes and reduces the likelihood of future court involvement.
- CASA recruits, trains, and supervises community volunteers who advocate for the best interests of children who have experienced abuse or neglect. Our goal is to recruit 100 new CASA volunteers.
- Last fiscal year, CASA of the Tenth Judicial Circuit served 544 children through 170 CASA Volunteers.
- The cost to advocate for each child, excluding in-kind contributions, is approximately $1,200.
- The average monthly cost for a child placed outside of the family home is $5,698. CASA involvement reduces the time a child spends in foster care by an average of eight months, saving taxpayers over $45,000 per child.
- Last fiscal year, CASA of the Tenth Judicial Circuit volunteers helped close cases for 89 children.
- As of December 2019, there were over 1,700 pending abuse and neglect cases in the Tenth Judicial Circuit.
- CASA’s goal is to serve 40% of the children in need of a CASA volunteer this fiscal year.
- Children assigned a CASA volunteer are 50% less likely to re-enter the foster care system.
- Cases with CASA involvement are more likely to achieve a permanent home for the child.
- Cases with CASA involvement resulted in a third fewer moves to other foster homes.
How to Help
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a nonprofit organization that recruits, trains and supervises community volunteers, who are appointed by judges to be independent fact finders and speak up for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the Tenth Judicial Circuit. You can help Change a Child’s Story™ by supporting CASA with your donation or by becoming a CASA volunteer. To find out more about this challenging and rewarding volunteer opportunity, call (309) 669-2939 or visit casaofthetenth.org.
CASA of the Tenth Judicial Circuit
324 Main Street, Room 215
Peoria, IL 61602
Fax: (309) 672-6957
Pamela Perrilles, Executive Director
Lisa Norwood, Program Director
Ryan Lacerna, Tazewell County Coordinator
Cathy Dare, Training Coordinator