Winnebago CASA recieves national certification

The Winnebago County CASA Program has been awarded certification by the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association. This certification recognizes that Winnebago County CASA is in compliance with National CASA’s high standards for quality child advocacy.

According to Tara Perry, Chief Executive Officer of the National CASA Association, “The National CASA quality assurance process is very rigorous, and reflects our commitment to ensure every child served has a powerful volunteer advocate working on their behalf and a strong program supporting their work. This certification says Winnebago County CASA has demonstrated to us the capacity to provide excellent advocacy to the abused and neglected children within their community.”

The Winnebago County CASA Program was started in 1987. Winnebago County CASA is a nonprofit, volunteer-based organization that advocates for abused and neglected children within the Juvenile Court system. Its trained volunteers are appointed by a judge to represent the best interests of children in the Abuse and Neglect court. Its mission is to assist the court in seeking the best interests of abused & neglected children through court-appointed volunteer advocacy. Currently, about one-third of the children in Abuse and Neglect Court have a CASA volunteer. Many more advocates are needed.

Training sessions are held throughout the year. The next session starts October 11. For more information call the CASA office at 815-319-6880 or visit winnebagocountycasa.org.

–Winnebago County CASA

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