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Court Appointed Special Advocates Program, known as CASA, is an exceptional program in which you would have the opportunity to serve as "A Child's Voice in Court". The CASA is appointed by a judge to advocate for the long-term best interest of a child who has been a victim of abuse and/or neglect. While situations vary, all children we serve have the need for stability and the right to permanency. CASAs regularly meet or speak with the child, family, foster family, DHS case manager, service providers, therapist, teachers, relatives, attorneys and others involved in that child’s life.
Special education and expertise is not required; what is needed is an ability to work with people and communicate effectively, both verbally and in written form. All applicants will complete a personal interview and must pass a complete background check in order to work with a child. Applicants will receive 30 hours of mandatory pre-service training about the child welfare system, working with children and families and the CASA roles of investigator, facilitator, reporter and monitor. Once assigned to a case, the time commitment is more flexible; CASAs average 5-10 hours each month on a case.
We encourage you to check out our website at https://childadvocacy.iowa.gov for more information about this program.
This is the simple act of person helping person and making an extraordinary difference.
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
We'll work with your schedule.
411 3rd STREET SE STE 720Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
- Child Development
- Youth Services
- Child Welfare
- Community Outreach
- Special Needs
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Must be at least 21
- Orientation or Training
- 5-8 hours per month