Educational Support Program Helps Foster Kids in Macon County Navigate Remote Learning

From Herald & Review | December 16, 2020

A program using court appointed special advocates will be getting donations to help foster children from a food truck business in Decatur.

Each Friday, 11am – 9pm, the Smack’n Tacos food truck at 22nd and Pershing, will donate 25% of its total sales to Macon County CASA. CASA uses volunteer advocates help represent kids in court who may have been victims of abuse or neglect.

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Educational Support Program Helps Foster Kids in Macon County Navigate Remote Learning2020-12-30T13:30:22-06:00

Food Truck Shares Sales to Support CASA

From WAND | September 11, 2020

A program using court appointed special advocates will be getting donations to help foster children from a food truck business in Decatur.

Each Friday, 11am – 9pm, the Smack’n Tacos food truck at 22nd and Pershing, will donate 25% of its total sales to Macon County CASA. CASA uses volunteer advocates help represent kids in court who may have been victims of abuse or neglect.

...read more at WANDtv.com.

Food Truck Shares Sales to Support CASA2020-09-29T16:21:56-05:00

Macon County CASA Annual Fall Fundraiser Moves Online

From WAND | September 9, 2020

Macon County CASA's annual October Gala is canceled this year because of the current health pandemic.

The organization said the event may be canceled, but the need remains.

Many organizations in central Illinois felt the burden of COVID-19. Macon County CASA said the pandemic created a financial challenge, so that's why the board created an online fundraising campaign during the month of October to raise funds for CASA.

CASA assists in advocating for Macon County's abused and neglected children who are navigating through the foster care system.

In an effort to keep with the current health guidelines, the entire fundraiser will be held online.

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Macon County CASA Annual Fall Fundraiser Moves Online2020-09-29T16:18:53-05:00

Macon County CASA’s Response to COVID-19

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Keeping Eyes on the Children

Although we are in a time of social distancing, we must all work harder and more intentionally to remain socially close to children. Child abuse and neglect has been on the rise during this pandemic as families are enduring more financial and emotional stress, but reporting has been down. CASA remains focused, especially during this time, on keeping kids safe during this difficult, unprecedented season of isolation.

Using Digital Tools to Stay Connected

During the pandemic, CASA advocates have been restricted from entering the homes (foster homes or biological homes) or assigned children to ensure everyone’s safety and well-being. CASA Advocate Supervisors and CASA volunteer advocates have been working from home—making phone calls, participating in video chats and virtual meetings, and doing everything in their power to keep in communication with all parties involved in the lives of the children.

Need for CASA Advocates Greater Than Ever.
All Virtual Trainings Now Available.

Macon County CASA’s small staff (less than 10 people) is currently serving just over 300 children which represent only half of the total children in Macon County’s court’s care. CASA has made volunteer training more accessible than ever with classes completely virtual. For more information about becoming a CASA volunteer advocate, click here (link to Volunteer) or email program@maconcountycasa.org.

Volunteers Finding Ways to Stay in Touch with Assigned Children

CASA is busy advocating for kids during the COVID-19 pandemic in new and creative ways. CASA volunteer Sandy read weekly books with her 4 and 1 year old CASA kiddos. She left a copy on the kiddos’ porch and from her own home, Sandy read her copy of the story via Zoom. Both CASA volunteer and kiddos read within blanket forts each made in their respective living rooms.

CASA volunteer Jodi never forgot a holiday, creating a private Easter egg hunt for 7, 9, and 12 year old CASA kiddos to wake up to in their own yard! Volunteer and children check in on the phone to discuss the excitement of the surprise.

Macon County CASA’s Response to COVID-192020-10-12T17:09:07-05:00

Decatur Group CASA Works to Help Kids in Need

“When you are not experienced in the child welfare system, you just don’t know,” said Julia Livingston, executive director of Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA. “People are surprised to hear that number; 587 kids are in foster care in Macon County.”

Decatur Group CASA Works to Help Kids in Need2020-09-29T16:26:26-05:00
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