On Thursday, November 4, CASA Kane County will host an information meeting to honor veterans with the goal of recruiting veterans who may be ready for a new mission, volunteering to protect children.
CASA Kane County is a non-profit organization that trains community volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in the justice system.
“We thank all veterans and active duty military for their service to our country and for protecting our freedoms,” said Stephanie Marlatt, director of communications for CASA. “Veterans often make great volunteers. They are mission oriented, ”says Marlatt. “You give them the mission and they find a way to implement it. In this case, our mission is to help foster children who have suffered abuse or neglect find a safe and permanent home. “
CASA Kane County is an ad litem guardian, a voluntary, non-profit organization that advocates for the best interests of child victims of abuse and neglect in the juvenile justice system.
Its aim is to ensure that every child in foster care is placed in a safe and permanent home. CASA stands for “court appointed special advocate” and GAL stands for “guardian ad litem”.
CASA Kane County trains volunteers from all walks of life to serve as a sworn judicial officer, whose duty it is to represent and uphold the best interests of a particular child. Volunteers get to know the child and his or her needs and make recommendations to the judge overseeing the case to help the court make informed decisions. Volunteers are committed to the child until the case is closed and the child is in a safe and permanent home.
Gary Gartrell, a veteran and CASA volunteer, agrees that the volunteer experience is a good fit for many veterans.
“My military service has been personally rewarding because of the camaraderie I felt among members of my company when the mission was accomplished. As a CASA volunteer, I feel a similar camaraderie as our entire team provides a child with a safer path to growth and success. Gartrell said. “In the military, completing the mission and taking care of your troops was the expectation. As CASA, my mission is to provide a safe environment for the child.”
The information meeting will be offered online from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. If you would like to learn more about how to volunteer or attend the November 4th in-person information meeting, email Sandie Cross, CASA Director of Training, at [email protected] or call (630) 443-3131.
To report a suspected child abuse or neglect online in a non-emergency situation, visit dcfsonlinereporting.dcfs.illinois.gov/.
To report by phone, call 1-800-25-ABUSE (800-252-2873). Online calls and reports can be made 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For all emergencies, calls should be made to 911.