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Danielle Dunlap-LaVia And Kathleen Love's Fundraiser:

Every Child Deserves a Voice

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Danielle Dunlap-LaVia And Kathleen Love

THE STORY:

We may not be able to prevent children from being abused and neglected but we can certainly do something about what happens next.

I am lucky enough to have adopted two amazing children through the foster care system in Cook County Illinois. Adopting my first child was a process that took 3 years. After I saw first hand what a child in the system goes through and how uncertain their future is, even with a loving foster family in their corner, I knew I had to make a difference but didn’t see how one person could really make an impact. I then became a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). After adopting my kids, being a CASA volunteer was the most rewarding experience of my life.

CASA of Cook County is a remarkable organization that recruits, trains and supervises community volunteers to advocate in court for the best interests of abused and neglected children. CASA volunteers visit the children, their families, foster homes, schools, doctors and anyone else who has contact with the children. They then write reports to the court allowing the judge to have a clear picture of what is happening with the child, what the child wants and what the CASA believes to be in the best interest of the child. The judge has far more information about the child when a CASA is assigned to the case. Judges tend to assign CASA volunteers to their most difficult and tragic cases.

CASA volunteers have only one case at a time. In a system where changing schools, foster placements and caseworkers is considered the norm, the CASA volunteer is often the only constant in the child’s life. The CASA stays with the case until the children are placed in a safe and permanent home. Children with a CASA volunteer to advocate for them in court spend less time in the system and are less likely to re-enter the system.

In Cook County there are approximately 5,000 abused and/or neglected children in the foster care system. Only10% of them have a CASA volunteer. Let’s change that.

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To This Fundraiser

$2,330

MONEY RAISED
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  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Danielle Dunlap-LaVia

    $100

  • Autumn

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Whitney

    $100

  • Juliet Diiorio

    $25

  • Chase and Kaden Vague

     

  • Rick and Linda

    $25

  • Alessandra rosa

    $20

  • Alison Funck

     

  • Jim Rinnert & Brent Fisher

    $50

  • Ina & Lenny

    $25

  • Mom

    $100

  • Kim Ott

    $20

  • Maria

    $50

  • Liz Rivers

    $50

  • Cathy Reilly

     

  • Vernon LaVia & Linda Chapa LaVia

    $100

  • Naomi Siegel

    $50

  • the purple goddess

     

  • eugenie ross-leming

    $100

  • Cristin Evans

     

  • Bernadette O'Shea

     

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Tom and Olivia

    $100

  • Amara and Joshua McClusky

    $40

  • amanda

    $50

  • Nicole Hollander

    $30

  • Terry Bozeman

    $25

  • TW Miller

    $25

  • Bill, Oscar, and Lynda Stone

    $100

  • dennis LaVia

    $200

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47% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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The Team: $2,330 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Donor Comments

dennis LaVia

dennis LaVia

DONATION: $200

4 years ago

Bill, Oscar, and Lynda Stone

Bill, Oscar, and Lynda Stone

DONATION: $100

Happy Birthday!!! 4 years ago

TW Miller

TW Miller

DONATION: $25

4 years ago

Terry Bozeman

Terry Bozeman

DONATION: $25

4 years ago

Nicole Hollander

Nicole Hollander

DONATION: $30

4 years ago

amanda

amanda

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Amara and Joshua McClusky

Amara and Joshua McClusky

DONATION: $40

4 years ago

Tom and Olivia

Tom and Olivia

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

Anonymous

Anonymous

DONATION: $25

4 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $100

This buys 4 songs, right? 4 years ago