Since 2018, Macon County CASA has hosted up to 60 local foster children each summer in a 3 day, 2 night summer camp event. This unique annual event held at the beautiful Camp Warren campgrounds (Decatur, IL) allows foster children with the opportunity to leave their foster parents and to be safely surrounded by all foster kiddo peers! For the first time, these kiddos do not live with the secret of being children in care. With the supervision and guidance of the Macon County CASA staff, CASA volunteer advocates, background checked and trauma trained community volunteers, and a 24 hour volunteer medical staff, campers interact with one another in team building activities, camp games, therapy sessions, guest speaker sessions, and more all geared towards fun and allowing our foster kids to just be kids.
Camp CASA guest speakers have included the Macon County Juvenile Advocacy GAL (guardian ad lidem), Brian Finney, award-winning foster care alumni, Shenandoah Chefalo (author of Garbagebag Suitcase), PawPrint Ministries/CASA comfort dogs, and Heartland Mini Hoofs Therapy horses.
Mark your calendars and stay tuned for plans of the 2021 Camp CASA event and opportunities to volunteer and donate!