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Become an Advocate

Court Appointed Special Advocates

What does having a CASA mean to an abused child? Imagine what it would be like to lose your parents, not because of something you did, but because they can’t—or won’t—take care of you.

Now, into your life come dozens of strangers: police, foster parents, social workers, judges, lawyers, and more. Having a CASA means having by your side a trained and committed adult who has been appointed by a judge to watch over and advocate for your best interests. That CASA will make sure you don’t get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system or languish in an inappropriate group or foster home. They will be there for you until your case is closed. It can make the difference between homelessness and a safe home, between dropping out and completing school, between unemployment and success, between jail and becoming a productive member of society.

The first step in becoming a CASA volunteer is to attend a General Information Meeting. General Information Meetings typically last 45 minutes and are held at the CASA office in the Peoria County Courthouse (unless otherwise noted). Please email casa@peoriacounty.org or call (309) 669-2939 to learn more.

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