Who are CASAs?

Photo bannerCASA volunteers come from every walk of life.

They are teachers, sales people, lawyers, retail associates, service workers, accountants, bankers, retirees, Realtors, nurses, military personnel, construction workers, small business owners, and executives. They are men, women, Millennials, Baby Boomers, stay-at-home moms, grandparents, and college students.

They are you.

CASAs 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.

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.

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Printed from the Iowa Child Advocacy Board website on May 25, 2020 at 2:09am.