Casa lake county’s volunteer newsletter AUGUST, 2007
Advocating for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender,
and Questioning Youth in Foster Care
Lynn Harvey, Advocate Manager
At the National CASA Conference in DCFS has established guidelines for working
Orlando, Florida on June 9, 2007, a work- with LGBTQ youth. To ensure safety and
shop was presented on advocating for privacy, sexual orientation or gender identity
LGBTQ youth in foster care. The workshop issues should never be disclosed or written on
offered a foundation for understanding what any document without the youth’s permission.
lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and No attempt should ever be made to seek treat-
questioning identities mean, and how we can ment services for the purpose of changing a
CASA Staff prepare to better support and advocate for youth’s sexual orientation or identity.
these children. All participants received a
CASAs can have an important role in protect-
Executive Director directory of organizations and resources
ing and advocating for LGBTQ youths. We must
Terri Z. Greenberg throughout the country.
be aware that we have LGBTQ youth among the
Advocate Managers Four presenters throughout the day led children we serve. It is best never to assume a
activities that were designed to show the person’s orientation and to avoid making
ways in which heterosexual people in our assumptions based on a child’s behavior. Asking
Liz Hazeltine society enjoy privileges without recognizing a youth if they have a boyfriend or girlfriend can
Jody Holzman their advantage. Rob Woronoff, LGTBQ pro- create an unintended barrier to establishing
Chris Kandaras gram director with Child Welfare League of trust. Practice using gender-neutral language,
Wendy LaPlaca America, was in the audience and shared such as asking a youth if they have anyone
Claudia Lovelette information that was gathered from regional special in their life.
forums on LGBTQ that were conducted in a
Andrea Tick Be aware of your own feelings and thoughts
joint effort with Lambda Legal Defense &
about issues of sexual orientation. Being
Court House Admin Education Fund (www.lamdalegal.org). The
educated on the facts about LGBTQ issues adds
Sheri Robin report is included in the book, Out of the
to your ability to provide a nurturing and non-
Deerfield Admin Margins, and is available by contacting Child
judgmental atmosphere wherein the youth feels
Beverly Williams Welfare League (www.cwla.org). A copy of
safe. If a LGBTQ youth “comes out” to you, be
the book is also available in the library at the
Development Director prepared to show unconditional support while
CASA Lake County office in Deerfield.
Bonnie Wolinski maintaining confidentiality. Never disclose to
Advocate Trainer It is estimated that 4-10% of youth in state anyone without the youth’s permission.
care are LGBTQ identified. Social and cul-
Leslie Claiborne Finally, seek out resources for LGBTQ youth in
tural factors make LGBTQ youth more likely
Phone Numbers: the community, such as the local chapter of
to enter foster care when they are rejected by
Admin Office: 847- Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and
their families. National studies estimate
808-9154 Gays—PFLAG (www.pflag.org). A growing body
that half of all homeless youth are LGBTQ.
of resources is available to assist the child
Many have been forced out of their homes or
welfare community in providing competent,
have aged out of the foster care system.
supportive care to LGBTQ young people.
Youths who are perceived to be LGBTQ have
a higher risk of violence. Bias against them To have the resource directory, LGBTQ Youth
may make it harder to find permanent place- Resources, mailed or faxed to you, contact
ments. Faith-based foster care organizations Beverly at the Deerfield office: 847-808-9154 or
can be a challenge to LGBTQ youth when firstname.lastname@example.org
they feel it necessary to hide their orienta-
tion. It is illegal to indoctrinate any child in
foster care to follow a particular religious
belief system; providers must follow the law.
Golf Wrap-Up Tuesday, June 12th was the date of the CASA Lake County Annual Charity Golf Invitational,
held at Kemper Lakes Golf Club. Sponsored by CDW Corporation, the event was a tremen-
dous success. The weather was perfect, and there was a capacity turnout of 160 golfers.
Following a barbecue lunch, the 12:30 p.m. shotgun start sent golfers to the links. Golfers
were challenged by the course, which was in prime condition; and by contests such as the
longest drive, the hit closest to the pin, and a hole-in-one competition. Maria Yao, part of a
foursome from Hewitt Associates, hit the women’s longest drive; while Brian Miller from Cole-
Taylor Bank took the prize for the men’s longest drive. Winners of the First Place Team
Trophy were Michael Ralph, David Schwab, John Tofano and Mike Trevino—their foursome
was from the law firm of Richards, Ralph & Schwab, Chtd.
Upon completion of their 18 holes, the golfers gathered in the Club House for cocktails, dinner,
raffle drawings, and a silent and live auction. The celebrity M.C. for the evening was NBC
Channel 5’s Art Norman. It was a fun-filled day for everyone. CASA Lake County extends its
thanks to everyone—golfers, sponsors, volunteers and individual donors who did not golf—all
of whom contributed to the raising of over $75,000 from this year’s event. The proceeds will go
toward helping CASA Lake County recruit and train more advocates to be voices for abused
and neglected children throughout Lake County.
A Night in CASAblanca IV
MEMO: To Our CASA Advocates and Volunteers
We Need Your Help
As you probably know, CASA Lake County’s annual gala, “A Night in CASAblanca IV—
Featuring Rick's Back Room,” will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2007 at the Lincolnshire
Marriott. The live and silent auctions are always a large part of the evening, and have raised
about $50,000 each year.
We are currently soliciting auction items for this year’s gala, and we are asking for your help.
Restaurant gift certificates, hotel stays, and theatre tickets are always popular silent auction
items. If you frequent a favorite restaurant, they will usually give you a gift certificate if you
ask. If you travel, hotels will often honor requests from business guests for certificates for over-
night stays. If you have season tickets to theatre or sporting events, you might want to consider
donating tickets to one performance or game. Frequent flyer miles can often be combined to ob-
tain airline tickets.
We are also looking for unusual items, such as backstage or behind-the-scenes tours, walk-on roles, or tickets to TV
show tapings; or original art—basically, any item or idea you have can become a potential auction item.
If you would like to help, please feel free to call or e-mail us with your donation or your suggestions. We’ll be happy
to facilitate your gift.
Thanks for your help!
Pat Braskich Bonnie Wolinski
CASAblanca Auction Coordinator Development Director
CASA Lake County is very happy to welcome our most recent graduating class into
our family of volunteers. The Honorable Judge Sarah Lessman and The Honorable
Judge Raymond Collins swore them in on June 28th, 2007. We know they will be
successful in their new CASA role. Pictured from l-r: kneeling: Libby Buchanan,
Jeremi Hui Standing: Robyn Majer, Regina Solida, Laura Homerin, Judge Collins,
Joyce Hui, Judge Lessman, Laura Figaro, Mary Ellen Palubicki, Bharat Walia,
Laura Figaro learned about CASA through her employer, Hewitt Associates. She
is a single mom living in Grayslake with two daughters ages 22 and 23. She also
has a dog, Molly. She reports that her family has planned a trip that includes a
cruise to Italy, France and Spain with an additional week in Rome. At Hewitt Laura
is a Configuration Management Specialist which is part of internet operations. She
enjoys traveling, movies, and food. Laura loves to cook and usually tries a new
recipe every Sunday. Laura has also volunteered her time with Habitat for
Humanity and was always in charge of the charity auction.
Laura Homerin learned about CASA when reading the “Grayslake Review”. She
lives in Grayslake and has four children—a four year old daughter, and 11 year old
step-daughter and two sons in college ages 21 and 23. Laura is a nurse for nephrologists our of Condell and Lake Forest Hospitals. She is also on medical
reserves of Lake County. Laura loves the outdoors and enjoys camping, hiking, nature walks, the beach and forest preserves. Laura also volunteers her
time at church as a small group leader with pre-school age children.
Jeremi Hui learned about CASA through his employer’s (CDW) website. He is single and has two wonderful parents and two sisters. He lives in Lindenhurst
with his cat, Rudy. Jeremi enjoys motorcycling, camping, poker, golf and scuba. He is a graduate of Northern Illinois University. Jeremi has also volunteered
his time with Habitat for Humanity, the American Red Cross and the Relay for Life.
Joyce Hui learned about CASA from an article in the “News Sun” but missed the training session it referred to. Her son, Jeremi encouraged her to join the
same training he was going to attend. She lives in Winthrop Harbor with her husband of 34 years, William. She says they were blessed with three children
but lost their middle child, Jammi to acute lymphomatic leukemia two years ago at the age of 28. They complete their home with their dog, Copper who was
adopted from “Orphans of the Storm” four years ago. Joyce enjoys stained glass, gardening, sewing, needlework and reading. She has also volunteered her
time with the PADS soup kitchen.
Robyn Majer learned about CASA through her employer, CDW. For the moment she lives in Antioch but plans to relocate to Chicago sometime next year.
She has no children but is a Godmother to a two year old boy and a seven month old little girl. Robyn was married in December 2005 and has tow rescued
cats, Big Tuna and Najya. She works as a Sales Assistant at CDW and loves her jog. On weekends she is a photographer for Studio West for which she
does weddings. She also does portraits on the side. Robyn enjoys volunteering. She loves leaving a “silent mark” in the world. Photography is her next love
and children are her favorite since capturing that “one special moment” is so rewarding. Robyn has volunteered her time with the Chicago Food Depository,
Relay for Life, Chicago Cares to mention a few.
Mary Ellen Palubicki learned about CASA when reading about volunteer opportunities in the Libertyville Review. She lives in Libertyville with her husband
of 33 years, Greg. The have three daughters—Liza, 30, Maggie, 29 and Annie, 26. Mary Ellen works as a Clinical Research Study Manager at Takeda
Pharmaceuticals. She was previously employed at TAP Pharmaceuticals and Abbott Labs. She enjoys Sudoku, yoga and cross-country skiing. Mary Ellen
has also volunteered her time with Habitat for Humanity.
George Schopper learned about CASA from volunteer Suzanne Cash at the Chapel Church of Grayslake. He lives in Ingleside with his wife, Chelsea, their
new baby daughter, Payton and their dog, Patches. George currently works at Enterprise Leasing in management. He has also worked in sales with
Cardinal Health and has worked as a Probation Officer in Kane County. George enjoys fishing, stocks, reading, boating and sports. He has also volunteered
his time with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, coaching and at church with K-1 age children.
Regina Solida learned about CASA while attending a luncheon and met volunteer Cleo Filer. She lives in Evanston with her 17 year old son. Regina works
as a National Account Manager for Barret United Van Lines. She has been the co-founder and Executive Director for a grass-roots community service non-
profit for Pembrook Township. Through her company, Regina has been involved in several chamber organizations and participates in various volunteer
Bharat Walia learned about CASA through his employer, CDW. He lives in Skokie. At CDW Bharat is a Corporate Account Manager. He has quite an
extensive list of volunteer experiences which include patient transport at Ravenswood Hospital, a tutor for both elementary and high school age children, a
poll watcher in the Lake County Congressional 2006 election and as a Red Cross volunteer. Bharat is also a member of DL21C, Biology Colloquium,
American Red Cross, Move On.org, and Environmental Defense
Claification: In the July issue of our CASAgram, information for LaShalle Campbell was incorrect. LaShalle has had her BA for four years and is almost
finished with her Master’s. At Illinois Mentor she mentored a teenage child for quite awhile. We apologize for mistake and thank LaShalle for the clarification.
The Reading Room
There have been some additions to the Deerfield CASA Library—some just
published, some donated favorites. Come in, browse, check out a book
that may be enlightening or informative. The library is open to all
advocates. Books are also available at the Courthouse office.
Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) and Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund - Out of the Margins: A Report on
Regional Listening Forums Highlighting the Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Youth in
Care, - Between Sept., 2003 and Dec., 2004, these two organizations organized forums in 13 different cities, the objective of
which was to provide an opportunity for LGBTQ youth in care and the adults who work and care for them to share their ex-
periences. The report consolidates the responses of the more than 500 persons who attended the forums.
Crosson-Tower, Cynthia - Understanding Child Abuse and Neglect - A primer for those involved in any aspects of social work
or child advocacy which covers basic topics from an historical perspective on the maltreatment of children, through the role of
the family, causes and identification of physical and sexual abuse, the intervention process, treatment of abuse/neglect, and
long-term effects of child abuse on adults.
Crumbley,Joseph and Robert L. Little, editors - Relatives Raising Children: An Overview of Kinship Care - A comprehensive
look at kinship care that includes common clinical issues, suggestions for intervention strategies, and examination of kinship
care’s legal implications, and policy and program recommendations.
Giardino, MD, PhD., FAAP, Angelo P. and Randell Alexander, MD, PhD., FAAP, editors - Quick Reference Child Abuse for
Healthcare, Social Service, and Law Enforcement Professionals - Find an answer to your question in a flash with this fully
updated quick reference designed for medical professionals, law enforcement officials, social workers, and other mandated
reporters of child abuse. Created with a medical point of view, this book contains vital information for all disciplines—terms,
pictures, diagrams, and processes of identification, evaluation, treatment and investigation.
Humes, Edward, No Matter How Loud I Shout: A Year in the Life of Juvenile Court - This is one of the first books to pene-
trate the wall of secrecy shielding our nation’s juvenile courts. Granted unprecedented access, Humes tells the heartbreaking
story of a system that is neither saving our children that are in danger nor protecting us from dangerous children. Yet he
also shows there is hope—if we listen to a handful of judges, lawyers, and probation officers who, despite the broken
bureaucracy, labor heroically to turn kids around. This is a powerfully upsetting portrait of a gloomy corner of American life.
Kruger, Pamela and Jill Smolowe, editors - A Love Like No Other: Stories from Adoptive Parents - 20 leading writers, all of
them adoptive parents, share their personal experiences with humor, poignancy, and often searing candor. They include
parents of children with special needs, parents whose families blend races as well as biological and adopted children, single
mothers and gay parents. They live in small towns and big cities, have adopted domestically and overseas, and have children
ranging from toddlers to teens. The book provides an eye-opening mosaic of the contemporary lives of adoptive parents.
McCormick, Patricia - CUT - A vivid first novel which tackles a side of mental illness that is rarely seen in young adult
literature in a believable and sensitive manner. Callie cuts herself. Never too deep, never enough to die. But enough to feel
the pain. Enough to feel the scream inside. This is part psychological mystery and part adolescent drama that gives a
thoughtful look at teenage mental illness and recovery.
Trenka, Jane Jeong - The Language of Blood, A Memoir - An adoptee’s search for identity takes her on a journey from
Minnesota to Korea and back as she seeks to resolve the dualities that have long defined her life: Korean-born, American-
raised….never fully belonging to either culture. This evocative memoir explores the myriad facets of personal and cultural
identity. As a young woman, Trenka explores her identity, trying to negotiate between two mothers and two lives. Her
journey takes her from the conservative Christian roots of rural Minnesota to her cramped and corrupt homeland of Korea,
as she explores the emotional complexity of being adopted internationally.
Remember….you can get continuing educ. credit for written book reviews. If you
have questions about this, contact Leslie at the Deerfield office - 847-808-9154
NEWS FROM THE CASA OFFICE
ON A PERSONAL NOTE. . .
Wishing a speedy recovery to Clara Zenner, mother of Terri Z. Greenberg, our Executive Director. Get well soon.
Best wishes to Pat Braskich as she moves into her new Vernon Hills home. You may feel as though you’ll never get it all
done, Pat, but there is light at the end of the tunnel….!
KUDOS FOR CASAS
To Leslie Claiborne for standing beside her CASA teen regardless of the crisis. You are providing the nurturing she so
desperately needs and deserves.
To Rosita Hernandez for being so dedicated and committed to the little girl in your case. By attending all visits and under-
standing all the relationships in this case, you now are truly in a position to advocate for her best interests as several adults
fight for custody. This case has been so difficult, but you have exceeded all expectations. Thank you!
To Liz Gordon who advocates for two developmentally-delayed young men who will always be institutionalized. She brings
her expertise and is able to help them as they transition out to a different living arrangement. Thanks for all you do!
To Sharon Losacco for her diligence that resulted in a young girl being able to attend day camp this summer. Sharon
impressed upon the foster mother the importance of sending her foster child to camp, researched the options, and helped
ensure that the agency would provide the funds. This child is having a fun summer, filled with the age-appropriate activities so
important to all children.
To Helen Loughran for a marathon wait in the courthouse. Her case was set to be heard at 9 a.m., but didn’t get called in
until 2:40 p.m. Not only did Helen wait, she also took her two caseworkers to lunch. Thank you, Helen, for your patience and
dedication to your two CASA children.
To Nancy Moroney for continuing to advocate so effectively for the 4 children in your case. Because of your knowledge of
the case and your relationship with the children, the State’s Attorney has asked you to testify in the NF’s TPR trial. Thank you.
To Marilyn Green-Rebnord who continues to persevere on two cases. She sees six children in four different places and
keeps on top of it all, often with less than cooperative parties. Thanks for traveling, writing reports and keeping your manager
in the loop!
To Sharon Stone for providing insightful, articulate recordings to your manager of all your meetings and writing such an
Thanks to the generosity of our CASA community and friends, we have built up an impressive
list of clothes, books, and toys for our kids! We have a great supply of boys clothing, sizes 8 - 20,
and all men’s sizes as well as women’s. Infant and toddler sizes are sparse, except for infant girls
through 12 months. Books are available for ALL ages, and Project Linus has sent us more
handmade blankets to share.
If you still have items to donate, please contact Angie Affolter at 847-525-9511 or e-mail to
email@example.com. Otherwise, it is time to start checking sizes and needs of our kids and
putting through requests to start distributing! An updated list of what’s available is on the CASA
Lake County website (www.casalakecounty.com). CHECK OFTEN, as we will continue to add
more items. If you don’t have internet access, or what you need is not on the list, still contact
Angie and she will forward your request to the managers to further the search.
Thanks again for everyone’s help and support!
Continuing Education Opportunities
Training classes are currently being held on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Remaining topics include: 7/23 - Cultural Awareness, 7/25 & 7/30 - Understanding Families, Parts 1 & 2, 8/1 - Understanding Children, 8/6 - Communica-
tion, Rapport & Trust, 8/7 - Practicing The Role: Interviewing, 8/13 - Reporting and Monitoring, 8/15 - Juvenile Court Expectations, 8/20 - Pulling It All To-
gether. Swearing-In is on Thursday, August 23, at 8:30 a.m.
CASAs may attend training classes for in-service credit. Anyone interested in attending a class can contact Leslie at the CASA office (847-808-9154).
Fall training classes will begin in September.
This session will be an evening class meeting two nights a week
If you know anyone who is interested in becoming a CASA, please have them call the CASA office or visit our website (www.casalakecounty.com) and cllck
on the “Become A Volunteer” link for more information and an application.
2007 Illinois CASA State Conference
“Grow A Healthy Child’
Fri. & Sat., October 26-27, 2007 Naperville/Lisle Hilton
The conference will begin at 1:00 pm on Friday with workshops covering topics on sexual abuse, illegal
drugs and taking care of yourself. Friday evening we will host a networking session and silent auction.
The conference will resume on Saturday morning with sessions on medications, working with foster par-
ents, and a judges’ panel. The luncheon on Saturday will feature the Illinois CASA Advocate of the Year
Award and the Judge Anthony Pecceralli Child Advocate Award. Registration will be open in August.
Information about registration will be passed along to all volunteers by your managers as soon as it is
available, or you can check for info at www.illinoiscasa.org
Kane County CASA Presents
Bridges Out of Poverty
Friday, September 28th
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Eagle Brook Country Club
2288 Fargo Blvd., Geneva
This all-day conference, which is open to the public, will create a mental model of poverty, review poverty research, exam-
ine a theory of change, and analyze poverty through the prism of the hidden rules of class. Throughout the workshop,
participants will receive specific strategies for improving outcomes for people living in poverty.
For more information and/or to register, go to the Kane County CASA website: www.casakanecounty.org
MON TUE WED THU FRI
1 1:30 PM 2 9:00 AM 3
Lee Campbell, Marcus,
Je. Hui, Roseberry
6 9:00 AM 7 8 9 9:00 AM 10
Wilgus, Carroll, Reeves
13 9:00 AM 14 15 1:30 PM 16 8:45 AM 17
Protine, Parry, Knight Kraus, Sullivan
Filer, Ardell Wichlin 9:00 AM
20 9:00 AM 21 22 23 9:00 AM 24
Onan, Stephens, Adjorjan, McLaughlin,
Hernandez, Rebnord, Ahern/Palmer,
Block/Needelman, Mazza, Perlman, Rusch
27 9:00 AM 28 29 30 9:00 AM 31
Kandaras, Edwards, Blockinger, Gordon,
Hernandez Adjorjan, McDonnell