Lake County’s Court Appointed Special Advocates program, headquartered in Lakeview, has been awarded certification by the National CASA Association. This certification recognizes that Lake County CASA is in compliance with National CASA’s high standards for quality child advocacy.
The Lake County CASA program has been a member of National CASA since 1992. Every four years, CASA programs across the nation undergo a laborious process called the National CASA Survey to demonstrate compliance with National CASA Association’s stringent standards.
“The national CASA quality assurance process is very rigorous, and reflects our commitment to ensure every child we serve has the most powerful volunteer advocate working on their behalf,” said National CASA Association CEO Michael Piraino. “This certification says CASA of Lake County has demonstrated to us a strong capacity to provide excellent services to abused and neglected children within their community.”
The CASA program in Lake County began serving abused and neglected children 21 years ago. Since then, approximately 180 foster kids living in Lake County have been helped through court appointed advocates.
Additionally, CASA of Lake County monitors the cases for which a volunteer isn’t available.
“Currently, we’re advocating for 40 percent of the children in foster care,” said Lake County CASA Dir. Pamela Koefoed. “If we had seven more volunteers, we’d be able to cover all of the kids in need of an advocate.”