Group Will Advocate For Juveniles In McHenry County

Steve Miller
April 25, 2019 - 3:29 pm

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- In McHenry County, where 5-year-old A-J Freund lived, a group of volunteers is getting some attention from people who want to help.

The group is called CASA of McHenry County. CASA stands for Court-Appointed Special Advocate.

As Senior Advocate Manager Jorie Siemens puts it, on a juvenile case, they are the eyes and ears of the judge.

The tragic story of Freund has people asking how something like that can be prevented.

"We are definitely getting a lot of community support, asking how they can become involved with CASA, whether it be through being an advocate, holding a fundraiser for us or just volunteering for other opportunities within our organization,” Siemens said.

Siemens cannot comment on whether there had been any involvement by CASA in the Freund case -- for instance, after AJ was placed in a foster home and later returned to his family, presumably with a court's permission.

Siemens said in a juvenile case, a judge will appoint a CASA volunteer. Each juvenile is also represented by an attorney who is guardian ad litem and by DCFS.