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DuPage County swears in 19 new CASA of DuPage volunteer advocates

Published: Thursday, April 4, 2013 11:30 a.m. CDT

WHEATON — DuPage County swore in 19 new Court Appointed Special Advocates of DuPage participants on March 21 who will serve the Illinois 18th Judicial Circuit Court.

The new advocates are residents from Winfield, Wheaton, Naperville, Hoffman Estates, Bloomingdale, Glen Ellyn, Downers Grove, Bartlett, Elmhurst, Oak Park, Schaumburg, Bolingbrook and Chicago.

CASA of DuPage County recruits, trains and supports volunteers to speak for the needs of abused, abandoned and neglected children in the DuPage County Juvenile Court System.

Every month, volunteers visit their assigned child, attend court hearings, engage in family meetings and case reviews, and write reports for presiding judges. Working with social workers and government agencies, advocates make sure each child receives needed services and finds a safe, permanent home in a timely manner.

CASA of DuPage celebrates its 20th anniversary this year after serving 1,449 children and youth who have found themselves in the DuPage County Juvenile Court System through no fault of their own. Today, 258 DuPage County children are under CASA care provided by 147 citizen advocates.

CASA of DuPage is funded solely by grants, foundations and individual donors, providing services to all children in the county court system at no cost to taxpayers or the families involved.

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