Southwest Iowa CASA Program

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Year Founded:
1998
Local Leader / Exec. Director:
Anne Christensen/Coordinator
Main Address:
515 Fifth Ave.
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
Volunteer Opportunity:

Help a child as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)

CASA volunteers have empathy, integrity, and a desire to help make a better life for a child. They are good communicators, organized, and able to reach out, not only to children and their families but also to others involved in the social welfare system.

CASAs have a number of roles to perform:

1. Investigator/Assessor: review all records on the case; interview parties and professionals who have knowledge of the case, talk to children, family, and all collateral resources.

2. Reporter: prepare a written report for each hearing-outlining summary of assessment including recommendations made in the child’s best interest.

3. Monitor: provide follow-up on the case after the judge’s decision to see that court-ordered services are being provided to child and family; oversees progress on the case; advises child welfare professionals of concerns.

Qualifications

-Have a genuine interest in advocating for children, their rights, and needs

-Have time to perform CASA duties and a schedule that allows for the completion of mandatory duties

-Can commit initially to a one-year case assignment as a CASA and understand that a CASA is expected to continue case responsibilities until the case or the assignment is terminated by the court

-Have the ability to interact with people involved in the child welfare system — child, family, and professionals

-Have the ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing

-Are at least 19 or older

-Be able to pass a criminal and child abuse background check

-Are not employed by the state board or the DHS, the Department of Inspections and Appeals, the District Court, or an agency with which DHS contracts for services for children


General

Open to
Individual

Skills Needed

No skills required

When

Next occurrence is
Wed, 09/30/2020  
Repeats every day from Mar 13th, 2019 to Dec 28th, 2022.
Anytime
Opportunity can occur at any time, day or night, within a selected date range.

Location Details

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