Running for a mission that matters--Change a child's story from abuse and neglect to safety and well-being
Since 1986, CASA of Cook County has been part of the National CASA network of nonprofit organizations dedicated to ensuring that children in the welfare system receive one-to-one advocacy. The mission of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Cook County is to advance and safeguard the best interest of children who have experienced abuse and neglect, utilizing Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA volunteers).
Team CASA runners are asked to reach for the goal of raising $2,500, or the cost of providing CASA services for one child in foster care for one year. Runners directly impact the lives of children who will receive individual advocacy in court by a trained CASA volunteer. The advocacy that they receive has been shown to shorten the time they are in foster care and ensure they receive needed medical, educational, and social services while in care. The ultimate goal of CASA is to help each child find a safe, permanent home. The trajectory of these children’s lives are changed because they have a committed adult CASA volunteer who is with them throughout the most traumatic time in their lives.