The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program is a state funded program which recruits, trains, and supervises adult volunteers to represent the best interests of children in certain abuse and neglect cases.
Volunteers are assigned 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 nuturing home.
The Iowa Citizen Foster Care Review Boards are mandated by law to review the case of each child in the foster care system every six months. Seven volunteer citizens from the local communities come together to form a board. The board will meet once a month to review the cases of children in out-of-home placements. Persons responsible for the child are invited to come before the board to share information about the progress being made to achieve safety, permanency, and positive developmental outcomes for the children growing up in the foster care system.
CASAs are needed in Muscatine, Cedar, Jackson, Clinton and Scott Counties