Giving a Voice to Abused and Neglected Children in Saline County Illinois

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New ON-LINE training

Call 618 889 2461 or 618-253-3355 for more information or check the FaceBook page

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 Training sponsored in part by Ameren Illinois and the Poshard Foundation

UPCOMING EVENTS

Golf Tournament: September 25, 2020 

 

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NEWS

May 7, 2020 / Fundraisers

CASA Needs Support

When children are forced into isolation in stressful environments, the power of a CASA Volunteer is greater than ever. A...
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April 1, 2020

COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CASA office is closed as of March 19, 2020 until further notice.  We are...
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January 6, 2020

Saline County IL Year End Statistics

CASA of Saline County served 108 children in the foster care system in 2019. The underlying circumstances in the cases...
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January 6, 2020

Children of Substance Abuse Parents and CASA

According to the Center on Addition:  Children whose parents abuse alcohol and other drugs are almost 3 times more likely...
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January 6, 2020

Signs of Possible Child abuse and Neglect

Possible Neglect:  Inadequately dressed for the weather (e.g. shorts and sandals in freezing temperatures), appear to be excessively listless and...
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Foster Care Awareness Month: Many of the children CASA of Saline County serves is in foster care. To show our support, we are asking you to step up now for abused and neglected children. Please take some time and watch the video.

CASA of Saline County needs you, the children need you. Join our new on-line advocate training today by calling 618-889-2461. #Now4Children
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The stress on parents and caregivers right now is tremendous. Most families are struggling to keep food on the table and their daily lives under control.

All of the risk factors we associate with child abuse and neglect such as isolation, chronic stress, mental health issues, substance use issues, domestic violence, poor parenting skills, and lack of resources (i.e. childcare, health care, economic resources) are significantly magnified at this time. It is extremely important to reach out to all families and keep them connected. We also must remember that some families don’t have phones, the internet, and/or working utilities. We have to go by and connect with these families in person which we can do and still stay 6 feet apart. If you think a child might be abused or neglected call the child abuse hotline 1-800-25-ABUSE or 1-800-252-2873.

To all parents and caregivers, if your kids are fed and safe, you’re doing a great job. If you need help reach out! To everyone, if you know a family that is isolated and struggling reach out to them. You could be their only lifeline. Together, we’ll get through this.
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Have you heard the news? #GivingTuesdayNow will occur on May 5, 2020 as a global day of giving and unity! Please consider giving local. Thank you! ... See MoreSee Less

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Tomorrow, May 5th, is Giving Tuesday. CASA of Saline County is working hard to keep in touch with the children we serve. We have called, FaceTime, conducted drive by's during this uncertain times of COVID-19. If you feel compelled to give to a charity, we would appreciate your support. The children we serve are abused, neglected and/or abandoned. They have lost contact with their mom and dad's, are afraid and feel they are alone. CASA's a usually the only consistency they have in these trying times. We are currently serving 78 children with 18 active volunteers. Please consider supporting a local program. Stay safe and stay healthy. Thank you for your support in advance. #GivingTuesday #becausewecare #preventchildabuseillinois ... See MoreSee Less

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About CASA

Saline County CASA trains community members to advocate for abused and neglected children who are in the court system because of abuse and/or neglect.  Saline County CASA currently has 24 advocates.  In 2019, CASA served 108 children but still only served 59% of the children coming into care.  There are 10 on the waiting list for a CASA.  The advocates speak up for these children with the court system, social service agencies, and others involved in the child’s life. Saline County CASA has a Board of Directors consisting of 9 community members who volunteer their time to the program.  These 9 members make the by-laws and take care of fundraising efforts to support the program.  The Saline County CASA Board of Directors meet once a month and call special meetings when necessary.

To reach our goal and insure that every child receives a safe home, CASA would like to have an advocate for every abused and neglected child who enters the Saline County Juvenile Court System. New advocates are needed!  To become an advocate or make a donation, contact our office at 618 253-3355 or contact any member of the board.

What is a CASA Advocate?

A CASA Advocate is a community member who gives of their time to ensure that abused and neglected children receive a safe, nurturing, permanent home as quickly as possible.  They do this by gathering facts, discerning options, and preparing reports for the court.  They also assist the court and social agencies in eliminating delays, advancing the child’s case in a timely fashion, and monitoring the case until a final outcome is achieved.

To become an advocate, one must pass a preliminary screening process, complete a 30 hour training program, and observe 6 hours of court procedures. We need your help! Call today 618-253-3355.