The CASA Connection

Message from the Executive Director

Happy Holidays!  
This time of year reminds me of everything I have to be thankful for.  It is often a time when many of us take that extra step to seek out opportunities to do a little more for those around us.  I would like to take a moment to thank all of you who have gone the extra mile this year in support of the children served by CASA of DuPage.  

Because of your generosity, we have collected gift cards to help purchase needed items, we received donations to our year-end appeal that will allow us to continue serving children who have been abused or neglected, and we provided additional support through our empowerment program for older youth in meeting their educational and vocational goals.  

I am amazed at the outpouring of support I have seen over the past few months and want to thank every one of you for your part in helping CASA of DuPage County to provide assistance, advocacy and resources to the vulnerable children in our community.  Thank you.

Warmest wishes for a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season!

Welcome New Advocates!

On October 28, 2021, Judge Anthony Coco swore in 12 new volunteer advocates to the CASA of DuPage County program. 

After a comprehensive application process, these dedicated individuals recieved background checks, were fingerprinted and participated in interviews--in addition to completing 30 hours of training to prepare them to take on the appointment of their first case.  They will now begin advocating for children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect.

We are proud of what you have accomplished and you will do great things for children!  Thank you for your gift of time.

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A Stable Home…

Think of the children in your life who are fortunate to live in a stable home with caring parents, knowing how important stability and consistency are to their overall well-being.  A child feels safe when parents are present, food is available and basic needs are provided. But for children who are victims of abuse and neglect, a stable home is merely a dream.

Annually, DuPage CASA serves more than 350 children who are removed from their unstable, unsafe homes or have no one to care for them. Every child removed from their home has been through a traumatic experience and is appointed to CASA by a juvenile court judge in the DuPage Court System. For each of these vulnerable children, CASA provides a trained volunteer to advocate.

One of DuPage CASA’s experienced volunteers is Marci, who advocated for Zander for over 6 years. Marci’s responsibility as Zander’s advocate was to visit him regularly, build a relationship with him and get to know the important people in his life. She would submit regular reports to the judge, so he could make decisions with Zander’s best interests in mind.

For children who are victims of abuse and neglect, removed from unsafe homes, a CASA advocate is often the only stable adult in their very unstable lives. We ask you to consider supporting children who are in desperate need of safety, stability and a caring adult—children supported by CASA of DuPage.

Your donation to support abused and neglected children will have an immediate impact on children in your community.  We are grateful for your thoughtful generosity toward our vision that every child deserves a safe, nurturing, and permanent home.  Thank you! 
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Advocate Spotlight

CASA DuPage is Pleased to Introduce you to
 Susan Hill
One of our Extraordinary Advocates
Susan Hill has been a CASA DuPage advocate for 3 years.  Nearly a year before she retired, she was traveling throughout the country teaching a business development class.  During her class in Boston, she spoke about passion and asked the class members to share what they were passionate about in their lives.  One gentleman spoke up and talked of his passion for CASA.  Susan was very interested and continued the conversation with him after the class.  Returning home, Susan reached out to CASA in her community (CASA DuPage) and applied to join the next training class.
Susan wanted to advocate for an infant, so when the opportunity came up, she was excited to get started.  Advocating for an infant has many challenges.  Susan interacted more extensively with the baby’s natural mother and foster parents to gather the information she needed to report to the judge.  The baby had 3 different foster homes and she found herself not only advocating for the baby, but in large part also helping the natural mother to obtain the services and support she needed to have her child returned home. Susan helped guide her to community programs and resources she needed to refocus her life as well as better care for her children.  Susan became a sounding board to this mom and was often just there to listen and help her navigate situations, making decisions that resulted in positive outcomes.  After 2 years, the baby was returned home. 
In one of her two current cases, Susan has two school-aged children she’s helping to enroll in extra-curricular programs that fit their interests and talents.  With older children she’s learned to bring an activity to engage them.  This gives her the opportunity to observe and talk with them while they are doing something fun.  She’s applied her engineering background to bring science experiments and kits to keep it fun during visits.  She also found the children are more likely to open up to her if they are focused on a project.   
Susan states, “I always hope I’ve had a positive influence on a child’s life.  Not only that, but the parents and foster parents’ lives.”  She added, “Working with these families has also changed my life.  They’ve given me a different perspective and I’ve learned things are not always so black and white.  The families have helped me and changed me in so many positive ways.”
Susan lives in Naperville with her husband and has 4 grown children of her own.  She also has 3 grandchildren that she loves spending time with.  In her retirement, she says the three most important things are her family, her volunteer work and traveling. 
Thank you Susan, for being one of our extraordinary advocates! 

Jingle & Mingle Event to Brighten the Holidays for Children 

CASA staff and volunteer advocates gathered at the Wheaton Community Center on Wednesday, December 15th to distribute holiday stockings, stocking stuffers, and gift cards for children in foster care. 

These children will be delighted to recieve full holiday stockings from their advocates and we are genuinely grateful to our generous community who donated stockings, books, games, hats, gloves and socks for children.  Gift cards will provide for winter coats and boots, warm clothing and personal necessities.  Because many children in foster care do not have the ability to make choices about many things including personal choices about clothing, gift cards empower children to have the ability to choose some items of their own.
The need for gift cards for children in foster care is ongoing, as children are often removed from their homes with very little time or ability to collect personal items.  If you are interested in organizing a gift card collection in your workplace, church, community group, family or friends group, contact Vicki Shaw at 847-414-9492 or  

Thank you to all who donated to bring a bit of joy to children in foster care!  
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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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