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What is CASA?

Every year in the United States, millions of children are abused, neglected, or abandoned by their families.  Last year, over 581,000 of these children were removed from their homes.  "CASA" is an acronym for a "Court Appointed Special Advocate".  CASA is a non-profit organization that recruits and trains volunteers to advocate for  the best interests of these abused and neglected children within the court system.    In Saline County there are an estimated 450 family reports of child abuse or neglect each year.  Of these reports over 100 children are wards of the court at any given time.  Of the 100 children in the court system, Saline County CASA is currently serving 53.

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 achieve our goal of assisting every child in the court system, more advocates are needed.  To become an advocate, one must pass a preliminary screening process, complete a 30 hour training program, and observe 6 hours of court procedures.

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  • Carlos & Ellen Tanner dba Tanner Marlo CPAs
  • Dr. Benna and Tim Daugherty
  • Dr. Michael Gearing
  • Susan Justice
  • Saline Co. States Attorney office
  • Ron Maloney Construction
  • Dr. Jamie Stricklin
  • Joyner Therapy Services
  • Raben Tire Co
  • Maddox Auto Body Shop
  • Occupational Performance Rehab
  • Tison & Hall
  • Joe & Pam Pearson
  • Elizabeth Woodworth
  • Raymond James Financial
  • Barnes Lumber Company
  • Country Classic Motors
  • Jim Hayes, Inc.
  • VFW/Eldorado
  • Mark Jones Koerner Distributing
  • American Legion Post 169
  • Katie and David Disney
  • Primary Care Group
  • Egyptian Health Department
  • Harrisburg Masonic Lodge
  • LLS Trucking
  • Tri-State Business
  • John & Gayla Gardner
  • Morello's Pizza and Grill
  • Dean West West Financial Services
  • Scott & Tara Riggs
  • Medicap Pharmacy/Eldorado
  • Rodney Wallace
  • J. Bacher, Inc.
  • Farmer's State Bank
  • Banterra Bank
  • Shawnee Link
  • Kevin Reimer KWR Consulting
  • Angie and Bryce Hampton
  • Bishop Enterprises
  • Wallace Auto Parts
  • Jim Henson Henson's Seamless Guttering
  • M&S Implement
  • Kiwanis Club of Harrisburg
  • Janet and Larry Jones
  • Oshel Law PC
  • Robert Schmink
  • Brandon Phelps State Representative
  • Marty & Beverly Watson
  • Dad's BBQ
  • Verla Kerley
  • Peoples National Bank
  • Keith & Nina Brown
  • Rigway Eagles
  • Justice Bruce Stewart
  • Sean Watson Saline Co Deputy Coroner
  • Patton Family Pharmacy
  • Sozo'd
  • Poshard Foundation
  • All In One Real Estate
  • Jerry Doug Watson Saline Co Coroner
  • Danny & Kathy Ragan
  • Neal Heflin Heflin Law Firm
  • Felty Funeral Home
  • Bonan Business Center
  • Marion & Hazel White
  • Katina Eubanks
  • Sutton Plumbing
  • Walnut Grove Baptist Church
  • Carpet Masters
  • FOP #142
  • BBQ Barn
  • Tequila's
  • Beck's Drugs
  • Sons of the American Legion Harrisburg
  • IL Barr Foundation
  • Beth Barger
  • Brown & Roberts
  • SIC Foundation
  • Kathy Craig
  • Fountain View
  • Bankston Fork Baptist Church
  • Robert Wilson
  • Harrisburg Dairy Queen
  • Roger Angelly
  • College Club of Saline County
  • Toni Drone
  • Commercial Janitorial Services
  • John Weir
  • Dairy Queen
  • Trina Irwin
  • Russell Oil Company, Roc One Stop
  • Jenny Jones
  • Linda Bramlet
  • Harrisburg Medical Center
  • Harris Appraisal Service
  • Nancy Braddock
  • Ferrell Hospital
  • Tom Clore Prudential Insurance
  • Integrated Health
  • Ameren
  • Best One Tire & Service
  • Medicine Shoppe
  • Rick & Beth Williams
  • Saline Ridge Missionary Baptist Church
  • Eldorado Police Department
  • Hbg Town & Country Lions
  • Mayor Rocky James
  • Penrod Plumbing
  • Centrifugal Services
  • Rick Brockett State Farm Insurance
  • Legence Bank
  • Dr. Roger Herrin
  • Old National Bank
  • Dorrisville Baptist Church

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Office is now located in the lower level of Old National Bank Harrisburg IL

Become an Advocate!  Training sponsored in part by the Illinois Bar Foundation & ISBA Young Lawyers Division: Children's Assistance Fund and the Poshard Foundation.

State's Attorney, Mike Henshaw and Sheriff Keith Brown's Golf Tournament for CASA

Friday, May 15th 8am & 1pm.  Location: Saline County Golf and Country Club

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