Winnebago County CASA receives grant

Staff Report

The Schneider Electric Building, LLC Management Grant Program of the Howard D. Colman Memorial Fund has awarded a $5,850 grant to the Winnebago County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program.

The funds from this grant will be used to recruit and train male and minority CASA volunteers.

The ultimate goal of CASA is a safe, permanent home for each child.

CASA volunteers are appointed by the Juvenile Abuse & Neglect Court Judge to act as Guardian ad litem and advocate for abused and neglected children during court proceedings.

Recommendations are made to the Judge about what is believed to be in the best interests of the children.

In 2014, Winnebago County CASA trained 29 new volunteers to become the Court Advocates to over 400 children involved in the Juvenile Abuse and Neglect Courts.

This grant from Schneider Electric Building, LLC will be used to better serve abused and neglected kids in the community.

More than 1,500 children are abused & neglected each year just in Winnebago County.

Additional male and minority CASAs are needed to better reflect diversity in the local population.

If you’re interested in becoming a CASA volunteer contact their office at 815-319-6880 or info@winnebagocountycasa.org, training sessions are held throughout the year.

For more information visit winnebagocountycasa.org.

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