CASA Advocate

CASA volunteers are everyday people – teachers, business people, retirees, stay-at-home moms, and grandparents – who are committed to making a difference for children who might otherwise slip through the cracks in an overburdened foster care system. They are appointed by judges to guide one child or one set of siblings through the system to safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible. CASA volunteers research case records and speak to each person involved in a child’s life, including family members, teachers, doctors, lawyers, and social workers. They monitor the progress of the child and family throughout the case and advocate for the child’s current and future needs in court, in school, and in agency meetings. Their independent evaluations allow the court to make better informed decisions.

Because CASA volunteers serve on one case at a time, they truly get to know the child and can give each case the sustained, personal attention it deserves.

We invite you to join our family of volunteers and make a difference in a child’s life – and your own. Fill out your application today.

Qualifications:

  • Have a genuine interest in advocating for children, their rights, and needs.
  • Have time to perform CASA duties and a schedule which allows for the completion of mandatory duties.
  • Commit initially to a one (1) 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 both in verbal and written presentations.
  • Must be at least 19 or older.
  • Not be a person employed by the state board or the DHS, the department of inspections and appeals, the district court, an employee of an agency with which DHS contracts for services for children.

Application, Screening and Training:

  • Submit an application with three references.
  • Consent to background checks. 
  • Participate in an interview with the local coordinator
  • Pre-Service Training, 30 hours total, as prescribed by National CASA.
    • Module 1, Introduction, Personal Study, 1.0 hours
    • Module 2, Child Advocacy Fundamentals, In-Person, 4.5 hours
    • Module 3, Exploring Concepts in Child Advocacy, Personal Study, 3.5 hours
    • Module 4, Practicing the CASA Role, In-person, 7 hours
    • Module 5, Practicing the CASA Role (Continued), In-person, 7 hours
    • Module 6, Putting it All Together, In, person, 7 hours
  • Oath of Confidentiality with local judge

Time commitment: CASA volunteers average approximately 10-15 hours per month visiting their assigned child, reading case documents, contacting other case parties and preparing a monthly update for their Coordinator and Coach.  This varies considerably, depending on the number of collateral contacts made, the number of children to visit, travel time, etc.

CASA volunteers also complete an additional 12 hours of in-service training each year to prepare and enhance their skills to fulfill their role as a volunteer child Advocate.

For more information on the CASA Program, click here

Printed from the Iowa Child Advocacy Board website on October 18, 2017 at 1:39pm.