In-Person Activities to Resume
CASA volunteers are now allowed to resume in-person activities, such as child visits, if they feel comfortable doing so, within parameters established by ICAB. CASA staff will begin returning to their offices on July 6, 2020. CASA offices will have face masks and disinfecting products to assist with office sanitation. Depending on circumstances, the hope is to resume mandatory child visits in August.
New Grants Received
It is with deep gratitude that the Iowa Child Advocacy Board announces grant awards for the following programs:
United Way of North Central Iowa has awarded $23,000 to the North Iowa CASA Program for continued support of a half-time CASA Assistant. Funding allows the North Iowa CASA Program recruit, train and support more CASA Advocates to the meet the needs of children in counties served by United Way of North Central Iowa.
United Way of the Dubuque Tri-State Area has awarded the Dubuque County CASA Program $34,997 to support the salary of the Dubuque County CASA Coordinator. This is the first time the Dubuque County CASA applied for funding, and we’re very pleased to be one of the top three programs that United Way funded. The Dubuque County CASA Coordinator, Dawn Goerdt, is very excited for the opportunity to rappel down the side of the Julien Dubuque hotel this September, in proud support of our new partnership with United Way! Stay tuned for more information on how you can support Dawn in this endeavor!
Foster Care Review Board News
The FCRB staff is implementing an annual survey for interested parties and stakeholders as part of the FCRB program’s annual evaluation. We have designed the survey to gather input on the effectiveness of citizen reviews in improving case permanency planning and meeting case permanency planning goals. Along with other interested parties, CASA advocates and coaches in areas with a citizen review board are encouraged to complete the survey. CASA advocates and coaches can obtain the survey information and link from the local coordinator where applicable. The survey will close June 30, 2020. We will incorporate information obtained from the survey in the Iowa Child Advocacy Board’s annual report and use the feedback to assess the need for modifications or improvements to the citizen review process.
Welcome to our new volunteers!
Because the pandemic prohibits us from
Kimberly Ardueser, CASA, Wapello County