Mission Statement: The Iowa Court Appointed Special Advocate Program commissions community volunteers to serve as an effective voice in court for abused and neglected children, strengthening efforts to ensure that each child is living in a safe, permanent and nurturing home. CASA volunteer are assigned to an abuse or neglect case by a judge. Their role is three-fold: 1. Investigate: They conduct thorough research on the background of the case, reviewing documents, interviewing everyone involved, including the child. 2. Report: they make reports to the court, recommending what they believe is best for the child, and providing the judge with information that will help him/her make an informed decision. 3. Monitor: CASA volunteers can be instrumental in assuring that a child or family receives services, which the court has ordered - things like substance abuse counseling or special education testing. CASA volunteers may be the only constant the child knows as he/she moves through the labyrinth of the child welfare system. Abused and neglected children in the 4th Judicial District are in need of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) volunteers to be a powerful voice in court. The 4th Judicial District CASA program is looking for committed, caring adults who can think independently, use good judgment in difficult situations and communicate effectively both verbally and in writing. There is a particular need for men and people of various ethnic and diverse backgrounds. Thirty hours of training is required and is held virutually until further notice.
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
About Southwest Iowa CASA - Council Bluffs
515 Fifth Ave., Council Bluffs, IA 51503, US
The Iowa CASA Court Appointed Special Advocate program is commited to train volunteers who would be appointed by a judge to speak up for abused and neglected children in the court system.
The Iowa CASA program operates under the auspice of the Supreme Court of the State of Iowa. Volunteers become the voice of abused and neglected children in the court system, who otherwise would slip through the cracks of an already over-burdened child-welfare system. CASA volunteers also become the eyes and ears of the judge who appoints them to advocate in the best interest of the child.