GENEVAâ€”Congressman Bill Foster nominated Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Kane County for the annual Angels in Adoption award.
For the past 10 years, the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Instituteâ€™s Angels in Adoption Program has invited members of Congress to honor a person or organization from their district that has made an extraordinary contribution on behalf of children in the foster care system.
According to Foster, â€œFor 20 years, CASA Kane County has advocated for abused and neglected children in our community, representing their best interests in court. I am pleased to nominate CASA Kane County for the Angels in Adoption award, as they protect approximately 500 children per year from further abuse and neglect, helping judges to determine the best future living situation for each child.â€
In addition to giving members of Congress a firsthand look at the foster care system and adoption-related work taking place throughout the country, the Angels in Adoption program seeks to draw global attention to the positive difference adoption makes in the life of a child.
Once selected, Angels in Adoption nominees travel to Washington D.C. to participate in three days of events designed to train them in using their personal experience to affect change on behalf of children in need of homes, and to celebrate their hard work and dedication to the issue.
CASA Kane County is a nonprofit organization established in 1988 whose mission is to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children within the Kane County Juvenile and Probate Court system.
CASA volunteers are appointed to 100 percent of all abuse and neglect cases that come into the court system. These volunteers are appointed by the judge to serve as the childâ€™s Guardian ad Litem. The goal of every case is to find a safe, permanent and nurturing home for the children involved.
Children in the child welfare system commonly experience changes in their caseworkers, foster parents, schools, etc. The CASA program prevents these children and their needs from falling through the cracks of the system by providing a trained advocate who is solely focused on that childâ€™s needs.
Last year, CASA Kane Countyâ€™s 220 CASA/GAL volunteers contributed 17,000 hours to serve 523 childrenâ€”a record in the agencyâ€™s 20-year history.
For more information about the CASA Kane County program, including information about the agencyâ€™s volunteer training program, visit www.casakanecounty.org.
Photo: CASA Kane County Executive Director Gloria Bunce (center) with Juvenile Court Judge Susan Clancy Boles and members of the Tri-City Exchange Club at this yearâ€™s annual Hands Around the Courthouse. Courtesy Photo