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How Do I Become An Advocate?

We recommend you start by attending one of our monthly Informational Sessions to learn more and get your questions answered by our staff.  Once you make the decision to apply, fill out an application and our staff will contact you to set up an interview.

What Is The Time Commitment As A Volunteer Advocate?

Advocates meet with their child 2 times per month and spend an average of 10 hours per month on their child's case. Actual days and times are based on the child/family's and volunteer's schedule.
You may have the opportunity to attend court hearings every 3-4 months. These are generally on Thursday or Friday mornings and you will be given ample notice of those dates. 


How Much Travel Is Involved For An Advocate?

Children’s placements are not guaranteed to be located within McHenry County and placements can change throughout the life of a case. At least one of your visits each month needs to be in person.  Your Advocate Manager will work with you on finding ways to connect with your CASA kid, regardless of their location. Advocates provide their own transportation and pay for their own gas.


What If I Travel For Work Or Leisure - Can I Still Be An Advocate?

Probably! We have many Advocates who travel throughout the year.  Just let us know during your initial interview.


Can I Work Full Time And Still Be A CASA Advocate?

Yes! Many of our volunteers are employed full time. Visiting children is based on a coordination of the volunteer's schedule and the family’s availability.  Visits can be held in the evenings and on weekends. Court hearings are scheduled in advance and arrangements can be made if the volunteer is unable to attend.


What If I Need To Take A Break In Between Cases?

Following the closure of a case, a volunteer may take up to 1 year of leave.


Can I Be A CASA Volunteer Advocate If I Want To Adopt Or Foster A Child?

No.  Due to a possible conflict of interest with cases involved in the Juvenile Court system, we ask that our volunteers do not pursue becoming an active foster parent during their time as a volunteer.

What Kind Of Donations Do You Accept For The Children/Families In The Program?
We accept a limited amount of toys, school supplies, baby items (diapers, wipes, etc.), and gift cards.
*Per CASA policy, we can only accept new, unused items. 

How Does CASA Of McHenry County Receive Its Funding?
We have a diverse funding base that contributes to the organization stability and sustainability.  Individual, business and in-kind contributions, our fundraising events, and grants from United Way, foundations, and government entities fund CASA of McHenry County's mission.

Are There Any Other Agencies Or Groups That Provide The Same Service As CASA?
No! CASA is the only program appointed by the local court to represent a child’s best interest
throughout the entirety of their case.

How Else Can I Get Involved Other Than Being An Advocate?
You can support CASA of McHenry County through financial donations or volunteering in other ways. 
Check out all of our opportun
ities to get involved.  

What Is The Role Of The Illinois And National CASA Association?
The National CASA Association is a nonprofit organization that represents and serves local CASA programs at different levels. All CASA programs must pass a comprehensive quality assessment in order to retain their membership status with the national organization. There are more than 1,000 programs throughout the United States and 38 organizations within the State of Illinois. Illinois CASA and the National CASA Association are supportive of local programs and provide valuable information regarding marketing, training and public awareness.


Can I Request An Advocate For A Child Involved In A Divorce Custody Case?
No, all volunteers appointed through the CASA program must be appointed by the Juvenile Court Judge of McHenry County and have a current case in the system.

Can I Request An Advocate For A Child In My Life? (ex: Grandchild, Niece/Nephew, Neighbor)
No, all volunteers appointed through the CASA program must be appointed by the Juvenile Court Judge of McHenry County and have a current case in the system.



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