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CASA Kane County

Change a Child's Story

Geneva, IL   |  https://casakanecounty.org/

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Mission

Our Mission: CASA Kane County is a Guardian ad Litem, nonprofit volunteer organization that advocates for the best interests of children in abuse and neglect cases within the Juvenile Court system. Our Vision: We believe all children in the foster care system will have a safe, nurturing and permanent home where they can thrive with the support and involvement of their community.

Ruling year info

1994

Executive Director

Jim Di Ciaula

Main address

100 S Third St Ste 460

Geneva, IL 60134 USA

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EIN

36-3653491

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Other Mental Health, Crisis Intervention N.E.C. (F99)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

CASA Kane County is a Guardian ad Litem (GAL), nonprofit volunteer organization that advocates for the best interests of children ages birth to 21 in abuse and neglect cases, within the juvenile court system. We believe all children in foster care should have a safe, nurturing, and permanent home where they can thrive with the support and involvement of their community. Often times, a child's CASA/GAL volunteer is the one consistent person in their lives they can count on. They are the one individual that holds their history and often the only person who will remain with them for the duration of the case, which in Kane County averages about 3 years. In 2023, CASA Kane County advocated for 663 children, the largest number in its 35-year history. We currently have 200 active CASA/GAL volunteers, and need about 50 more to meet the growing need of children entering the system.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

CASA/GAL Volunteer Training and Supervision

Recruit, train, and supervise community volunteer advocates who are appointed to children involved in abuse and neglect cases within the Juvenile Court system.

Population(s) Served
Families
Non-adult children
Parents
Ethnic and racial groups
At-risk youth

Advocacy for children involved in abuse and neglect cases within the Juvenile Court system.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Child Advocacy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

The number of children abused and neglected and entered foster care, who were also appointed a CASA/GAL volunteer and supervised by CASA Kane County professional staff.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

There are so many ways to Change a Childs Story. We can lift them up visiting them once a month in their temporary foster care; we can hold them close staying with them throughout the duration of their journey wherever they may be placed, investing in what they care about in school, activities and personal relationships; and we can keep them safe and sound - representing their best interest in the Juvenile Court System by recommending health and social services and ultimately, placement of care until a safe, permanent home is found. At CASA Kane County, these are all the responsibilities and more of our CASA/GAL volunteers for the vulnerable children we serve.

Funding is needed for CASA Kane County to provide the level of service needed to these children who are entering the system with greater needs, much more complicated family situations, and have been through things most people cannot even imagine. These children need more than just to simply survive, they need a positive role model to help them understand and believe that they are wanted, loved, and cared for. Ensuring these crucial needs early on directly impacts not only their physical well-being, but their mental health in both the short and long term.

Research has proven that children who have been victims of abuse or neglect are at a high risk of developing mental illness, experiencing health problems, and getting involved with illegal substances, teen pregnancy and criminal behavior. CASA/GAL volunteers assist judges in making very difficult and life changing decisions about the determination of each child's placement, as well as services they need to help restore them to good physical and mental health. The CASA/GAL regularly visits and collects information to help the judge make the best decision for each child. A CASA/GAL volunteer is a wonderful example of how ordinary citizens can contribute to the well-being of our communities by brightening the future of one child at a time.

CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates, who are community volunteers, supervised by our professional staff, and appointed by the juvenile court judge. They visit with the child(ren) and speak to all individuals involved, so they can advocate for their best interests. As a GAL, we have courtroom authority as a party of the case, and CASA Kane County is one of few programs in Illinois and across the nation with this high level of responsibility. This is due to our strong partnership with the Kane County juvenile court system. We value our community partnerships and continually seek additional organizations and individuals who may be looking to get involved, make a difference in their community, and/or find ways to help promote their business.

CASA/GAL volunteers are assigned to each case after a child has been removed from his/her home and under the custody of the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). CASA Kane County's professional staff Advocate Supervisors each manage a caseload of about 30 volunteers who are advocating for well over 50 children each. With the oversight of the Advocate Supervisors, they meet regularly with the CASA/GAL volunteer, approve the reports given to the Judge and modify details of each case and attend all court hearings. Both CASA staff and the CASA/GAL volunteer to represent the best interests of each child and help ensure they are placed in a safe and permanent home.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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CASA Kane County

Board of directors
as of 02/12/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kristi Wano

Sage Private Wealth Group

Term: 2025 - 2019

James Chakires

Apex CPAs & Consultants, Inc.

Michael Lusk

Lusk Law, LLC

Raymond Drake

Retired UPS Executive

Honorable Linda Abrahamson

Ret. 16th Circuit Court

Rebecca Mackay Allen

Dairy Management, Inc.

Ryan Corcoran

Corcoran Commercial Real Estate

Anton Engelmann

Town & Country Gardens

Katie Feagans

The Feagans Law Group, P.C.

Ryan Fuelling

Parent Petroleum

Cynthia Gamboa

CamMi Photo Booth

David Hoglund

ATSCo

Amy Johnson

Kane County Sheriff Office

Tim Kellenberger

Kellenberger Electric, Inc.

Jeff Kubas

Vertex Resource Group, Inc.

Catherine Marciniak

Zurich North America

Manish Patel

Liquor 'N' Wine

Matt Sidman

Teqworks

Rae-Anne Soria

BMO Private Bank

Lisa Weier

FT Cares Foundation/First Trust Portfolios

April Wells

School District U-46

Michael Wozniak

Wintrust Financial Corporation

Tonisha Via

Elgin Community College

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/22/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/22/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.