The CASA Connection

Message from the Executive Director

As we enter the summer months and approach the end of CASA’s fiscal year, I am overwhelmed with gratitude for our volunteers and donors who give so much of their time, talent and treasure to support vulnerable children in DuPage County.

I enjoyed meeting many of you at our CASA Golf Classic last month at Cantigny.  We were fortunate to have beautiful weather, and welcomed many friends and supporters who were overwhelmingly generous.  Thank you to all who joined us that day! 
Carol Asselmeier

                                 Carol Asselmeier                  Dan Martin                           Jim Tansey

It is with great appreciation that we say goodbye to three CASA Board Members who have been an integral part in the leadership of CASA of DuPage County for several years.  Our sincere gratitude and best wishes to Carol Asselmeier, Dan Martin and Jim Tansey!  We will miss you and look forward to seeing you at future CASA events.

Thank You Golf Supporters and Volunteers!

Thank you
to all sponsors, golfers, volunteers and supporters who joined us on Thursday, May 19th for a beautiful day at Cantigny Golf in Wheaton!  Attendees tried their luck to win a new PUGI Genesis car or $30,000 cash with a hole-in-one contest.  They also had the opportunity to win longest drive by sending their ball down the fairway with two golf ball launchers!  Participants tasted Grandpa Frank's caramels, Tito's Vodka and Sagamore Rye, who were onsite throughout the day.
In the evening, we heard an inspirational story from CASA DuPage Advocate, Jean Krafft, donated through the fund a need paddle raise, bid on some amazing live auction items, and were awarded raffle and contest winners from the event.  Because of your generosity,  we exceeded our goal and raised $136,000 for vulnerable children.  

We could only accomplish this with your help!  

Thank You Golf Sponsors!

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Welcome Alison!

Through the years working as a counselor, Alison Baughman encountered many CASA volunteer advocates who were appointed to the children in her counsel.  Through this experience, she hoped to become a CASA Advocate some day.   After moving to Wheaton in 2019, she decided to take some time away from her career as a professional  counselor, which gave her the opportunity to become a CASA volunteer advocate. 

Alison was a member of the first online training class.  It was a little more challenging than usual, as these new advocates were unable to meet the CASA staff or other advocates in person.  However, she was sworn in and quickly appointed to her first case.  She was still involved with that case a few months ago, when she saw the opening for a part time advocate supervisor posiition at DuPage CASA.  She is now the newest staff member at CASA DuPage, supervising advocates and supporting the program team by developing weekly advocate alerts, along with training and continuing education support activities.

Alison is pleased to be continuing her career in child welfare, but in a different capacity, and she is enjoying the change from counselor to advocate supervisor.  She appreciates the variety of her daily responsibilities and feels her background in mental health and experience working with children has helped her in guiding volunteer advocates through the challenges of navigating family dynamics. Alison shared this quote by Helen Keller, “Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.”

Alison’s favorite hobby is traveling and experiencing new things.  While her husband was in the military, she had the opportunity to travel to many different countries.  Now that travel is back open she and her family are happy to get back out there.  She received her master’s degree from Truman State University in Missouri and her undergraduate degree from Augustana.  Alison lives in Wheaton with her husband and three sons.

We are delighted welcome Alison to the CASA team!  
CASA Recognizes
Advocates at Inspirational Breakfast
In observance of National Volunteer Week, CASA of DuPage County celebrated the dedication and committment of our 150 active advocate volunteers on Friday, April 29th at Klein Creek in Winfield. 

Retired Judge Robert Anderson gave an inspirational keynote to thank the volunteers and share his experience with the value of CASA Advocates in the courtroom.  Executive Director, Suzanne Skala also spoke, along with personalized thank you messages from the entire program team.  

Kathie Paravola, Program Director at CASA stated, "We (CASA) are held in high regard by the court, by DCFS, and everyone who works with us because all of you (volunteers) conduct your work with professionalism, courtesy and respect.  It is you, who are out there every day, who are the heart and soul of our program and make it exceptional."  

Watch this short video and view photos from the event by clicking below.
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We Need Volunteers!

Join CASA of DuPage County at Memorial Park in Wheaton on
Saturday, August 6, 2022 to volunteer for a wide variety of opportunities as attendees enjoy tasting unique brews and seltzers from local and national breweries.  Thanks to the generosity of the Wheaton Park District, CASA of DuPage County is one of the beneficiaries of this hometown event.  

There are several volunteer jobs and time shifts available throughout the day, and you can sign up to volunteer below.  After you've signed up, please fill out the online volunteer waiver.  The Activity or Event is "Wheaton Brew & Seltzer Fest" from the dropdown.  The site is "Memorial Park" and the Volunteer Leader is "Vicki Shaw."  If you have any questions, email

Thank you for volunteering your time!
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CASA of DuPage County

The mission of DuPage County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is to recruit, train and support volunteer citizen advocates to effectively speak to the best interests of abused, neglected, dependent and vulnerable children in the DuPage County court system.

CASA’s vision is that every child deserves a safe, permanent, nurturing home.

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