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The Court Appointed Special Advocates of Lake County has received a $75,000 grant to help train volunteers in a program to assist youths in the transition from foster care to independent adults.
The grant, provided by the National Court Appointed Special Advocates Association and the Walmart Foundation, supports the Fostering Futures model developed by the University of Michigan.
CASA Lake County volunteers will be joined in the program by volunteers from their sister organizations in Kane and McHenry counties.
The program is designed to smooth the transition of the estimated 1,250 people in the state between the ages of 18 and 21 who each year are required to leave the foster care system.
CASA volunteers will be trained to help the youths identify supportive connections and develop specific plans for making the transition.
CASA Lake County is a nonprofit organization that provides advocacy services for abused, neglected or abandoned children and works with juvenile court judges to tailor responses to the children's situations.
The Lake County sheriff's office marine patrol will again be providing services on the Chain O' Lakes and Third Lake this summer.
Between now and September on the Chain and through October on Third Lake, the familiar white and blue watercraft will be on the waters to help ensure the safety of recreational boaters.
Contracts with the Village of Third Lake and the Fox Waterway Agency both call for the sheriff's office to be paid $78 per hour for marine unit services.