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Northeast Iowa CASA Program

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CASA Program

The Iowa Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program commissions trained 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.

A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is a very special person who genuinely cares about children having a safe, stable and permanent home. The volunteer must not be afraid to "Speak Up" for these special children! These programs are serviced through the Iowa Child Advocacy Board office out of Dubuque, Iowa.

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About Northeast Iowa CASA Program

Location:

Child Advocacy Board, Dubuque, IA 52003, US

Mission Statement

The Iowa Court Appointed Special Advocate Program recruits, trains and supports 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.

Description

CASA advocates complete a formal application with three references; participate in an interview; must pass background check and complete 30 hours of pre-service training. Pre-service training includes a variety of methods to include independent study, large classroom, individual or small group sessions. Upon successful completion of the application and pre-service training requirements, the advocate takes an Oath of Confidentiality before the Judge.

Once assigned to a case, the roles of a CASA are 1) investigator, 2) facilitator, 3) reporter and 4) monitor. CASA advocates meet with the child as least once every 30 days and gather information about the case by maintaining contact with parents, social workers, providers, counselors, school/daycare personnel, attorneys and anyone working with the child in order to make informed recommendations to the Juvenile Court Judge. Advocates represent the best interest of the child at court hearings, family team meetings and other staffings. The advocate will continue to make contacts and monitor case progress until permanency is established for the child(ren).

The Iowa Child Advocacy Board office in Peosta, IA serves Clayton, Delaware, Dubuque and Fayette Counties. CASA Programs operate in all of Iowa's 99 counties.

Advocacy & Human Rights
Children & Youth
Community

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Dubuque CountyDubuque, IA 52003

SKILLS

  • Public Advocacy
  • Verbal / Written Communication
  • Child Welfare
  • Advocacy
  • Child Advocacy

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • Average 10-12 hours/month
  • Fairly flexible opportunity

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