What is a CASA Advocate?


A Court Appointed Special Adovcate (CASA) is an everyday citizen, specially trained by CASA of McHenry County, to advocate in Juvenile Abuse Court for the best interests and safety of children involved as victims of abuse and neglect. CASA volunteers are appointed by the Juvenile Court Judge to chidlren 21 years and younger to be the eyes and ears of the Judge and the voice of the child. They gather information, identify resources and work in partnership with all parties to the case to ensure the child's needs are met. The ultimate goal of CASA is to help ensure every child has a safe, permanent home be it through reunification, guardianship or adoption.

Next Training Session:

April 2021

If you are interested in joining the next training class, please submit your application by March 12, 2021.

Then we will contact you to schedule an interview and potentially slot you in the next training class!

Intro night: Tuesday, April 6   6:00 – 7:00 pm

Session 1: Tuesday, April 13   5:30 – 9:00 pm

Session 2: Tuesday, April 20   5:30 – 9:00 pm

Session 3: Tuesday, April 27   5:30 – 9:00 pm

Session 4: Tuesday, May 4   5:30 – 9:00 pm


Session 5: Tuesday, May 11   5:30 – 9:00 pm

For more information and how to apply for the next training please contact Sharie Dodge.




630 N. IL Rte. 31


Crystal Lake, IL 60012


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