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The Children’s Assistance Fund was originally created to grant funds to create children’s waiting rooms in courthouses throughout Illinois. In recent years, the Children’s Assistance Fund’s purpose has expanded and now also provides grants to programs related to children and the law.

In partnership with the Illinois Bar Foundation, the ISBA Young Lawyers Division distributed $22,650 in grants to four organizations through the Children’s Assistance Fund.

2012 YLD Grantees


CASA Lake County
CASA Lake County is a volunteer based non-profit that relies on more than 200 advocates who donate an average of 15 hours per month and serve more than 500 children.
FY12 Grant Award: $7,500 to expand its advocacy services on behalf on abused and neglected children in the Lake County Juvenile Justice Court system.

ISBA Law & Leadership Institute
The ISBA Law & Leadership Institute is a legal immersion program, with a curriculum that includes fun and educational activities and exercises centered on the legal profession. The two current programs in Illinois were spearheaded by the ISBA Diversity Pipeline committee and will be hosted by the Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale and the John Marshall Law School in Chicago.
FY12 Grant Awarded: $5,000

Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation
Land of Lincoln is a not-for-profit corporation that provides free civil legal services to low-income persons and senior citizens in 65 counties in central and southern Illinois.
FY12 Grant Award: $4,150

Life Span
Life Span is an organization committed to the cessation of domestic violence and sexual assault and to the immediate relief of those who suffer from its consequences.
FY12 Grant Award: $6.000 to fund Life Span's Children and Teen Counseling Program

2011 YLD Grantees


Between Friends
Between Friends is a nonprofit agency dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic violence and building a community free of abuse.
FY11 Grant Awarded: $2,200 to enhance their Free Legal Clinic.

CASA Kane County
CASA Kane County is a nonprofit, volunteer organization that advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children within the Juvenile Court system.
FY11 Grant Awarded: $5,000 to recruit and train new volunteers.

Children’s Home in Aid
The mission of the Children’s Room at the McLean County Law & Justice Center is a collaborative approach by the legal system and child welfare to shield children from adult matters of courthouse proceedings.
FY11 Grant Awarded: $5,000 to help cover supplies and expenses of a .5 full time employee.

DeKalb County Youth Service Bureau
The DeKalb County Youth Service Bureau assists youth as they build healthy lives and relationships with their families, friends, and community.
FY11 Grant Awarded: $4,000 to support the launch of the new VolunTEEN program.

Life Span
Life Span is an organization committed to the cessation of domestic and sexual violence and to the immediate relief of those who suffer from its consequences.
FY11 Grant Awarded: $3,000 to support salaries and benefits for a counselor in the Children and Teen Counseling Program.

Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI)
Public Interest Law Initiative’s mission is to cultivate a lifelong commitment to public interest law by creating opportunities for law students and lawyers to perform public interest law and pro bono legal activities in service to the poor and under-represented.
FY11 Grant Awarded: $5,500 to support an ISBA/ YLD Intern.

2010 YLD Grantees


Life Span
$2,000 to support its Children and Teen Counseling program. This program offers intervention services to children and teens who are experiencing domestic violence at home or in relationships, and also addresses violence prevention by educating children and teens about how to solve problems without violence.

Children's Home & Aid Children's Foundation
$6,000 to fund the Children’s Room at the Law and Justice Center in McLean County. This Center is a safe place for children to go while their parents are involved with court-related matters. The Children’s Room also minimizes children’s exposure to the trauma of court testimony.

Public Interest Law Initiative
$5,500 to support a legal internship that will provide legal services to, or on behalf of, underrepresented children. Specifically, this intern works to resolve issues related to guardianship, special education, adoption/custody, public benefits or other family law matters.

Winnebago County CASA
$5,000 to support the recruitment and training of volunteer advocates. A CASA volunteer is a trained community member who is appointed by the Juvenile Court Judge to represent the best interest of abused children who are brought before the court. With the addition of 30 new volunteers, 100 more children can be served each year.

CASA Lake County
$5,000 to assist in the expansion of its advocacy services on behalf on abused and neglected children in the Lake County Juvenile Justice Court system. CASA Lake County is a volunteer based non-profit that relies on more than 200 advocates who donate an average of 15 hours per month and serve more than 500 children.

YLD Special Events
The ISBA YLD hosted five events this year to raise money for the Children’s Assistance Fund. The events included YLD Annual Golf Classic, A Day at the Races, the Annual Holiday Party and the YLD Bean Bag Tournament. The Summer Soiree was held this year for the second time, with honoree ISBA President John O’Brien. Thanks to their efforts, these events raised a more than $61,000 for children’s programs.

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