March is National Social Work Month
THANK YOU to our Iowa Department of Human Services social workers!
“This is my team. The team that saved my life.”
Those were the words of a young woman that Michael Piraino, Children’s Advocate, met years ago who had spent several years in foster care. She was talking about a remarkable group of people: her lawyer, her CASA volunteer and her social worker.
“At CASA for Children, we know that every day, social workers help keep abused and neglected children safe. We share a commitment to ensuring that these children are treated with dignity and respect, and that they and their families receive the help they need so the children can have a safe, permanent home. It’s an important job and a difficult one. A child’s safety and well-being are always at stake.
March is National Social Work Month. It’s a good time to honor this profession that takes on such an important and difficult task. Because we at CASA are for the children, we are also for the social workers, who believe that every child deserves a safe, permanent home.”
— Michael Piraino, Children’s Advocate
Lynn County FCRB Receives Grant
Linn County Foster Care Review Boards are excited to announce receipt of a COVID-19 Disaster Response Fund from the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation in the amount of $3,036. The award will be used to purchase equipment and technology that will allow for enhanced and continuing virtual reviews of children in foster care, while ensuring the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, families served and stakeholders.
Welcome to our new volunteers!
Melissa Baxter, CASA, Wapello
Diane Burkert, CASA, Polk
Morgan Chase, CASA, Woodbury
Edie Cole, CASA, Pocahontas
Aza Davis-Pico, CASA, Story
Jeanette Dostal, FCRB, Benton
Jacy Kennedy, FCRB, Wapello
Madeline Kruse, CASA, Cerro Gordo
Barbara Landon, CASA, Warren
Megan Logan, CASA, Wapello
Rebecca Morton, CASA, Polk
Penny Neswick, CASA, Woodbury
Megan Neveau, CASA, Story
Tracy Ozzello, CASA, Pottawattamie
Sarah Sitzman, CASA, Woodbury
Ashley Smith, CASA, Story
Jessica Turner, CASA, Pottawattamie
Carlotta Wilde, CASA, Hard