The CASA Connection

Message from the Executive Director

August is back-to-school month and traditionally this means new clothes and school supplies. In our current world it also means more virus exposure.  With children back in classrooms, please remember to remain cautious with children's health and well-being front of mind. 

For CASA, August means more children removed from homes because of abuse and neglect.  When registration and back-to-school begins, it shines a light on children in perilous circustances.  At DuPage CASA, we have experienced a significant increase in the number of children removed from unsafe homes.  There are 60% more new children removed from their homes in the last three months than during this same time last year. 

For those who have an interest in helping, I encourage you to learn more about becoming a volunteer advocate and joining the 154 volunteer advocates who are currently supporting children in DuPage county.  Click on the link below to learn more.
Learn About Being an Advocate
You can always find ways to help in this newsletter.  See below to sponsor, attend, or donate to our 2022 Masquerade Gala on Saturday, October 22.   

Thank you for all you do and I look forward to seeing you soon.

With appreciation,

Registration Now Open for the Gala!

You are cordially invited to the CASA of DuPage County Masquerade Gala. We hope you will join us on Saturday, October 22, 2022 at the Marriott in Naperville for an elegant evening of glamour and mystery as we raise funding to help “Change a Child’s Story.”

Co-Chairs of the Gala Event Committee, Karen Patton and Luke Vanderbloemen are asking for your help to sponsor, purchase ads, donate live and silent auction items and purchase tickets to help make this event a success for CASA.  The event site is now live and registration is open.  Click below for more information and to support the event.  Anything you can do is appreciated and we hope to see you there!  
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Thank You Early Gala Sponsors!

Advocate Spotlight
CASA DuPage is Pleased to Introduce
Joan Moffitt
One of our Extraordinary Advocates

Joan Moffitt has been a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for 10 years.  Throughout that time she has been assigned to four cases and advocated for 11 children.     

In her first case she was assigned to three boys.  The oldest was eight years old at the time and was moved to another foster home, separate from his brothers, becuase of his behavioral issues.

During the three years she was on this case, she saw this boy move through five different foster homes, all in different cities, separated from his siblings, and had to change schools each time.  This only exacerbated his behavioral issues.  During this challenging time,  Joan began to see the impact she was making as the one consistent person in his life he knew he could trust.  Joan was a familiar face, and every time she saw him, her face would light up.  Her reaction to seeing him was a comfort to him and it made him smile every time they were together.  

Joan remembers from her first CASA training she learned children need at least one person in their lives who will support and encourage them, someone who will light up when they walk into the room.  Typically, that is the parent, but for this boy, it was Joan his CASA volunteer advocate.  She visited him every month, and during those visits, he knew he was valued.  She always encouraged him and believed in him.  The case closed after three years, and all three brothers were returned home to their birth parents. 

Joan shared, “The two best things about the CASA program are the training provided and the consistency we have with the children.”  She continued to say, “The Advocate Supervisors are incredible.  I’m impressed with their knowledge, responsiveness, and support of all the advocates.” 

In addition to her work as a CASA advocate, Joan volunteers as a bedside magician for pediatric patients for Open Heart Magic (OHM) and their motto is, “helping kids get their magic back.”  She said it’s been a great icebreaker in her CASA work, because all children love to see magic and then learn to do the tricks on their own, so they can share with their friends.  Joan truly enjoys helping children, especially those going through a difficult time in their lives.  Joan lives in Glen Ellyn and has three grown daughters. 

Thank you Joan, for being an extraordinary advocate and helping so many children in the DuPage County community!

Thank You Volunteers!

Nearly 1,200 guests attended the Wheaton Brew & Seltzer Fest on Saturday, August 6th, where 100 generous individuals volunteered their time to support CASA of DuPage County.  

It was a beautiful day at Memorial Park in Wheaton, where we enjoyed live music from 7th Heaven and provided beer and seltzer tastings to all attendees.  CASA of DuPage County gives special thanks to the Wheaton Park District for partnering with us and sharing the proceeds of this event.   

We are truly grateful for your support and hope to see you next year!

Welcome New Board Members

We are pleased to wecome two new members to the CASA of DuPage County Board of Directors, Mark Bridges and Veronica Cecil.
Mark Bridges
Mark was introduced to CASA 12 years ago, where he was immediately drawn to the mission and volunteer impact.  In his career, Mark spent the majority of his time in the consulting industry in software development, project management, finance and operations, and efficiency.  A few years ago, Mark left the corporate world to start Grandpa Frank’s Candy, utilizing his grandfather’s candy recipes.  Inspired by his grandfather's ongoing volunteer work, Mark has spent 20 years volunteering for various organizations.  Most recently he has served on the board of the Student Excellence Foundation for School District 200 as well as the CASA Golf Committee.  Mark looks forward to bringing his experience and expertise to the CASA Board of Directors.  
Veronica Cecil
Veronica is a licensed clinical social worker and therapist, specializing in grief counseling and trauma therapy at Black Pearl Counseling in Naperville.  A graduate of Dominican University School of Social Work, Veronica has been a clinical social worker in Illinois in various settings, including child advocacy, community violence, domestic violence, and community mental health. 
In her role as a clinician, Veronica is passionate about offering brave healing spaces to support individuals and families who have experienced trauma and grief.  Veronica also has lived experience as a foster care adoptee, and is looking forward to serving with DuPage CASA to serve and advocate for youth and families in the community.  

DuPage CASA by the Numbers

CASA of DuPage County advocated for a total of 384 children in fiscal year 2022, from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022. 

Please see more numbers outlining the impact DuPage CASA volunteers made in the lives of children this past year:
  • Total Active Volunteer Advocates Assigned to Cases - 154
  • New Volunteer Advocates Sworn In - 20
  • Hours Spent on Children's Cases - 5,120
  • Hours Spent on Continuing Education - 2,075 
  • Volunteer Miles Driven - 40,334

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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