echolsElaine Echols is a court-appointed special advocate for children with CASA of Cook County. She earned her Associate in Applied Science degree at Moraine Valley in criminal justice. She has been a volunteer for the American Red Cross, American Cancer Society, Catholic Charities, Star Net Region V Office of Specialized Care on Child Abuse, and serves as a consumer advisory council member for Metropolitan Health Services. In addition, she has been a long-time mentor in the Mt. Zion FHM Church’s mentor program, working with young women who dream of going to college, and becoming independent and successful.