Updating the database of the Illinois Compiled Statutes (ILCS) is an ongoing process.
Recent laws may not yet be included in the ILCS database, but they are found on this site as Public
soon after they become law. For information concerning the relationship between statutes and Public Acts, refer to the
Because the statute database is maintained primarily for legislative drafting purposes,
statutory changes are sometimes included in the statute database before they take effect.
If the source note at the end of a Section of the statutes includes a Public Act that has
not yet taken effect, the version of the law that is currently in effect may have already
been removed from the database and you should refer to that Public Act to see the changes
made to the current law.
(705 ILCS 405/2-17.1)
Court appointed special advocate.
(1) The court shall appoint a special advocate
upon the filing of a petition under this Article or
at any time during the pendency of a proceeding under this Article if special advocates are available.
court appointed special advocate may also serve as guardian ad litem by
appointment of the court under Section 2-17 of this Act.
(1.2) In counties of populations over 3,000,000 the court may appoint a special advocate upon the filing of a petition under this Article or at any time during the pendency of a proceeding under this Article. No special advocate shall act as guardian ad litem in counties of populations over 3,000,000.
(1.5) "Court appointed special advocate" means a community volunteer who:
(a) is 21 or older;
(b) shall receive training with State and nationally
developed standards, has been screened and trained regarding child abuse and neglect, child development, and juvenile court proceedings according to the standards of the National CASA Association;
(c) is being actively supervised by a court appointed
special advocate program in good standing with the Illinois Association of Court Appointed Special Advocates; and
(d) has been sworn in by a circuit court judge
assigned to juvenile cases in the circuit court in which he or she wishes to serve.
Court appointed special advocate programs shall promote policies, practices, and procedures that are culturally competent. As used in this Section, "cultural competency" means the capacity to function in more than one culture, requiring the ability to appreciate, understand, and interact with members of diverse populations within the local community.
(2) The court appointed special advocate shall:
(a) conduct an independent assessment to monitor the
facts and circumstances surrounding the case by monitoring the court order;
(b) maintain regular and sufficient in-person contact
(c) submit written reports to the court regarding the
(d) advocate for timely court hearings to obtain
permanency for the minor;
(e) be notified of all administrative case reviews
pertaining to the minor and work with the parties' attorneys, the guardian ad litem, and others assigned to the minor's case to protect the minor's health, safety, and best interests and insure the proper delivery of child welfare services;
(f) attend all court hearings and other proceedings
to advocate for the minor's best interests;
(g) monitor compliance with the case plan and all
(h) review all court documents that relate to the
The court may consider, at its discretion, testimony of the court
appointed special advocate pertaining to the well-being of the minor.
(2.2) Upon presentation of an order of appointment, a court appointed special advocate shall have access to all records and information relevant to the minor's case with regard to the minor child.
(2.2-1) All records and information acquired, reviewed, or produced by a court appointed special advocate during the course of his or her appointment shall be deemed confidential and shall not be disclosed except as ordered by the court.
(3) Court appointed special advocates shall serve as volunteers without
compensation and shall receive training consistent with nationally developed standards.
(4) No person convicted of a criminal offense as specified
in Section 4.2 of the Child Care Act of 1969 and no person identified as a
perpetrator of an act of child abuse or neglect as reflected in the
Department of Children and Family Services State Central Register shall serve
as a court appointed special advocate.
(5) All costs associated with the appointment and duties of the court
appointed special advocate shall be paid by the court appointed special
advocate or an organization of court appointed special advocates.
In no event shall the court appointed special advocate be liable for any
costs of services provided to the child.
(6) The court may remove the court appointed special advocate or the
guardian ad litem from a case upon finding that the court appointed special
advocate or the guardian ad litem has acted in a manner contrary to the
child's best interest or if the court otherwise deems continued service is
unwanted or unnecessary.
(7) In any county in which a program of court appointed special
advocates is in operation, the provisions
of this Section shall apply.
(8) Any court appointed
special advocate acting in good faith within the scope of his or her
appointment shall have immunity from any civil or criminal liability that
otherwise might result by reason of his or her actions, except in cases of
willful and wanton misconduct. For the purpose of any
civil or criminal proceedings, the good faith of any court appointed special
advocate shall be presumed.
(Source: P.A. 102-607, eff. 1-1-22.)