A Court Appointed Special Advocate, or CASA, is a trained community member who is appointed by a Juvenile Court judge to represent the best interests of an abused or neglected child whose case is brought before the court. Winnebago County CASA empowers volunteer CASAs to speak up for children who don’t have a voice — and to change a child’s story.

Winnebago County CASA exists to develop and maintain an effective, high quality CASA program to advocate for and represent abused, neglected, and dependent children in the juvenile court system. 

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“The CASA volunteer becomes the constant in the child’s life, building a relationship with the child and or children. Through many hours spent with family, schools, medical providers, and of course the child, the CASA begins to formulate a picture of what is in ‘The Best Interest of the Child.’”

– Kathy and Lee Bach, CASA volunteers