MacArthur has announced a grant of $50,000 to Court Appointed Special Advocates of Cook County (C.A.S.A.) in recognition of its commitment to the Chicago community.

Through close collaborations between volunteers and key agencies, C.A.S.A. of Cook County advocates for the best interest of abused and neglected children from within the juvenile court and foster care system. C.A.S.A. recruits, trains, and supervises volunteers who work in connection with key agencies, legal counsel and community resource groups. Judge appointed advocates serve as an independent voice for abused and neglected children in court and help these children find safe, permanent homes where they can thrive.
 
“C.A.S.A.’s work reminds us that some young people are caught in the justice system through no fault of their own,” said Jonathan F. Fanton, President of the MacArthur Foundation. “They deserve our protection, our commitment, and our care at a vulnerable time in their lives.  C.A.S.A.'s volunteers are there for them when they need it most and MacArthur is proud to support this critical work.” 

The grant will be presented at a reception at the Foundation on Wednesday, January 25. The Holiday Award is a MacArthur tradition, presented each year during the holiday season to a Chicago-based organization doing excellent work providing a service to Chicago’s communities. The recipient is selected by a MacArthur staff committee.

“The Foundation’s Holiday Award will allow C.A.S.A. to substantially increase the number of children to be served this year over the 650 children we have served in the past year,” said Sharon Hurwitz, Executive Director of C.A.S.A. “We thank the Foundation for their commitment to Chicago and our children.”

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