Macon County CASA
Court Appointed Special Advocates for children in Macon County, Illinois
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a national association in the United States that supports and promotes court-appointed advocates for abused or neglected children in order to provide children with a safe and healthy environment in permanent homes. CASA relies on community volunteers to act as a “voice in court” for abused and neglected children to safeguard the children’s best interests and ensure that they are placed in safe homes as quickly as possible.
In Illinois as of FY 2017, 16000 children are in foster care. 5,708 children were served by CASA, 34% were adopted, 42% were returned home.
Macon County CASA is a member of the National Court Appointed Special Advocates Association based in Seattle, Washington. Macon County CASA is also in good standing with Illinois CASA. Macon County CASA gratefully receives financial donations from Various grants and donations, including United Way of Decatur as well as, donations from local corporations, community groups and grants to help expand our program and better serve our community.
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Yesterday during his daily COVID-19 report, Governor JB Pritzker recognized to the state of Illinois that April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Normally, CASA and other child welfare organizations would be helping the community to recognize abuse and neglect with physical displays around the community--blue pinwheels on lawns, a wreath lighting on the courthouse steps, etc.
Now, due to the state's stay at home order and social distancing, CASA is challenged to help you all realize our new roles to help fight child abuse and neglect.
Suggestions by the governor:
1. Text or call a parenting neighbor to see if they are okay.
2. Offer to pick up groceries for a family and leave them on the porch.
3. Share tips for overcoming parenting challenges via social media.
4. If you see something that may be alarming, say something by calling the DCFS hotline: 1-800-25-ABUSE.
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1 day ago
Sunday morning satisfaction as CASA looks back at the continued community support for Child Abuse Prevention Month! So many community members wearing blue to #stopabuseansneglect here in Macon County! Special thanks to the Prairieland Punishers Roller Derby team as they have chosen Macon County CASA as one of their local charities to support this season! Check out all this 💙‼#maconcountysaveslives #ChangeAChildsStory #casakids ... See MoreSee Less
2 days ago
Macon County CASA is grateful to The Community Foundation of Macon County for the emergency response fund which has allowed us to purchase electronic needs like printer/scanners and tablets. These tools have allowed our Advocate Supervisors and Program Director to continue our vital work of laying eyes and ears on our assigned foster children to ensure their safety and submitting electronic court reports to keep the judge updated on each child and his/her case. Thank you Community Foundation for your generosity to protect Macon County's children!
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