Court Information,
Documents and Forms

Access additional information to better understand the laws and court processes that shape CASA Kane County’s role in the courtroom. Learn more about the responsibilities of the different parties we work with in the courtroom and how to contact them. 

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions, educational documents to supplement your learning, or and forms for use in the course of your role as CASA/GAL volunteer.

Abuse and Neglect Court

ABUSE & NEGLECT COURT

  • Average length of a case: 12-24 months
  • Background checks: Administered by Court
  • Level of DCFS Involvement: Heavy
  • CASA/GAL report goes to: All parties
  • Recommendations given by CASA/GAL: Yes
  • Frequency of Hearings: Every 60-90 days
  • Is CASA/GAL party to the case or not: Yes
Juvenile Court

JUVENILE DELINQUENCY COURT

  • Average length of a case: 12-24 months
  • Background checks: Administered by Court
  • Level of DCFS Involvement: Heavy
  • CASA/GAL report goes to: Judge
  • Recommendations given by CASA/GAL: No
  • Frequency of Hearings: Monthly
  • Is CASA/GAL party to the case or not: No
Probate Court

PROBATE COURT

  • Average length of a case: 3-9 months
  • Background checks: Administered by CASA
  • Level of DCFS Involvement: None
  • CASA/GAL report goes to: Judge
  • Recommendations given by CASA/GAL: Yes
  • Frequency of Hearings: Monthly
  • Is CASA/GAL party to the case or not: No

General Information

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CASA Kane County, Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office, the Kane County Sherriff’s Office, and the Regional Office of Education are asking that you review the information below on how to keep our children safe! The message is simple: IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING. Please read these 5 steps below to protect children, educate and report suspected abuse.

1. Read the Letter of Introduction

Call to action letter from Jamie Mosser, State’s Attorney of Kane County; Gloria Kelley, Executive Director of CASA Kane County, Patricia Dal Santo, Superintendent of the Regional Office of Education, and Ron Hain, Kane County Sheriff.

2. Review Legal Mandated Reporting List

Learn who and what is a mandated reporter and click to download the complete list. Mandated reporters include but are not limited to:
• School personnel
• Medical personnel
• Social services/mental health professionals
• Law enforcement personnel

3. Listen to Mandated Reporting Podcast

Mandated Reporting Podcast (Recorded: March 28, 2015, Length: 18 minutes) This is a special podcast sponsored by the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office and CASA Kane County. Anyone who is in their professional capacity and/or in contact with children who know of alleged abuse and neglect must call.

4. Train to Become Certified​

Everyone who suspects child abuse or neglect should call the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Abuse Hotline to make a report, but Mandated Reporters are required by law to do so. The purpose of this online course is to help all Illinois Mandated Reporters understand their critical role in protecting children by recognizing and reporting child abuse.

5. Print and Display Flyers in Kane County

Working Together – Keeping Children Safe Flyer and the 1-800-25-ABUSE Ads can be printed and placed in your place of work, business, church, school, hospital AND all other locations in our community as a constant reminder – If you See Something, Say Something!

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