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Court Appointed Special Advocate- Iowa Child Advocacy Board

Cause Area

  • Advocacy & Human Rights
  • Children & Youth
  • Justice & Legal


Child Advocacy Board4th Fl. Lucas Bldg., 321 E. 12th St.Des Moines, IA 50319 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Every year more than half a million abused and neglected children are in need of safe, permanent, nurturing homes. Too many spend years moving from one temporary home to another. They have no family to call their own. They are more likely than other children to face homelessness, unemployment, even prison as adults. That's why CASA is important. CASA was created to make sure the abuse and neglect these children originally suffered at home doesn't continue as abuse and neglect at the hands of the system. As trained advocates, CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to be a voice for these children in court. The result is that a child is placed into a safe, loving home where he/she can thrive.


CASA volunteers are ordinary people who are committed to doing what is best for a child. All our volunteers are trained in courtroom procedure, social services, the juvenile justice system, and the special needs of abused and neglected children. We welcome volunteers from all cultures, professions, and ethnic and educational backgrounds.


Would you recommend Court Appointed Special Advocate- Iowa Child Advocacy Board?
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by Barbara P. (November 9, 2017)
Being a trained CASA advocate is a gratifying way to speak up for an abused or neglected child! We're ordinary people, from all backgrounds, who care about kids, and are committed to doing what is best for a child. I look forward to visits with 'my' kids, and to building a trusting relationship with them. ALL kids deserve the chance to live in a home where they are safe, loved, and their needs are met. Won't you consider looking into this wonderful opportunity to make a difference in the life of a child? Being involved as a CASA will add richness to YOUR life, too.
by Jean B. (November 7, 2017)
This is a GREAT opportunity for individuals who want to make a difference in the life of a child! No legal background necessary—just a big heart for hurting children. Judges LOVE CASAs, because we act as an extra, objective set of eyes and ears—and a voice for the child. We serve only one family at a time, so can really focus on that family's needs. Commitment is about 5-10 hours per month. Great training, supportive coaches and coordinators, and a lasting impact on the life of a child.

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