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Macon County CASA

Court Appointed Special Advocates for children in Macon County, Illinois

The mission statement of Macon County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is to provide court appointed volunteers to advocate for the abused, neglected and/or dependent children who are involved in the Macon County juvenile court system. It shall further be the purpose of this corporation to educate the community regarding its responsibility for children who have been abused or neglected and found to be dependent.

Learn More About Becoming a CASA!

Advocate

Stacey’s advocacy has been especially helpful to foster teens with trauma. 

Report

CASA volunteer Ada Owens is truly committed to working her cases with the ultimate goal of submitting timely, accurate, fact-based reports to the juvenile advocacy judge every six months. 

Learn

Longtime CASA advocate Mike Heger uses his desire to continue learning in order to advocate for his CASA kiddos with the most informed approach. 

Educate

No worries…our CASA staff provides each volunteer with all the child welfare education he/she needs in order to advocate successfully for their assigned foster children.

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What We Accomplish

Safety

When a CASA advocate is assigned to a foster child’s case, he or she offers a sense of security for that child.  No matter the changes in living placement, no matter how long the child’s case remains in the court’s care, CASA will stay assigned, visiting the child regularly, rebuilding a sense of trust in adults, offering support to the child and both set of parents (biological and foster) in the form of resources for the child, and reporting back to the Juvenile Advocacy judge on concerns, successes, and ultimate recommendations for the child’s best interest. Read more

Stability

On average, an abused and neglected child in Macon County remains in foster care for just under 2 years.  CASA is diligent to ensure the best fit with an assignment of a volunteer to a foster child’s life.   We pair the volunteer’s strengths with the child’s needs to create a long-lasting relationship. Read more

Success

The goal of CASA, the Juvenile Advocacy judge, the GAL, and case-working agencies is to reunify the child with his or her biological parents.  We know that the best place for children is with their biological parents; however, not in the same type of home that they were removed from, but in a rehabilitated home. Read more

Over 300 children in Macon County need an advocate.

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Volunteer

For an abused or neglected child in the court and social services system, a CASA advocate can mean the difference between homelessness and a safe dwelling… dropping out or excelling in school… unemployment or a career path… incarceration or freedom… failure or success in life.

I am for the child

Be the champion every child deserves.

Be the peace in a child’s turbulent life.

Be the stability this child has never known.

I want to help.

Website development funded by Illinois CASA through a subaward grant from the DCFS line item.

Macon County CASA has a portion of local programming funded by a grant from the United Way of Decatur & Mid-Illinois.