In July 1993 the YWCA/CASA obtained a grant from the Attorney General’s office to develop a CASA program in Sangamon County. Volunteers were trained and assigned in early 1994. In September 1995, the CASA Program became a part of the Sangamon County Child Advocacy Center.
The CASA volunteer in Sangamon County serves as a Friend of the Court. Through an order of appointment, the CASA volunteer has access to all pertinent records about the child they represent. They are responsible for interviewing all parties related to the case (e.g. caseworkers, foster parents, parents, children, teachers, counselors). The CASA volunteer reports their findings in written form to the court for hearings and has the opportunity to speak in court concerning the best interests of the child they serve.
The CASA Program staff provides direction, feedback and support to the volunteer throughout their assignment to the case.