There are children in our community who need you! If you think you may want to be the voice for abused and neglected children Winnebago County CASA would love to talk to you about the opportunity to become an advocate. In particular we are in need of male advocates and advocates who can speak languages in addition to English.
To learn more about CASA before making a decision to enter our training, please call the CASA office. Training occurs in the Spring and Fall. There are 10 classes, which will last about 3 hours each, and will be held primarily on Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays. Most will be in the evening (beginning about 6:00 PM), but there will be a few sessions held in late afternoon (beginning about 4:00 PM).
You will also be required to attend a mandatory orientation session prior to the first training class.
Spring training is typically held in April/May and Fall training is typically held in October.
CASA volunteers must be at least 21 years old and are required to complete a training program of approximately 35 hours. We also ask CASA volunteers to make a commitment to the program of 1 ½ to 2 years minimum, because we do emphasize maintaining consistency for a child – being there throughout the duration of the child’s case.
To begin the process of becoming a CASA just click on the sublinks to your left and print these three forms:
- CANTS (Child Abuse/Neglect Tracking System) Authorization release
- LEADS Criminal History (N.C.I.C.) release
Complete the forms, and then return all three documents to the CASA office at the following address:
Winnebago County CASA
403 Elm Street
Rockford, IL 61101
or send by fax to: 815-319-6881
If you have any questions, feel free to call the office at 815-319-6880. Thank you for your interest in CASA.