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Child advocate program needs volunteers

Published: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 1:26 p.m. CDT

The State of Iowa Child Advocacy Board is recruiting volunteers to work on child abuse or neglect cases in the court system.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) are assigned one case at a time in their own county in order to give attention needed to make knowledgeable recommendations in the child’s best interest. Volunteers will visit the child on their case at least monthly, as well as gather additional information from other sources.

Special education and expertise is not required; what is needed is an ability to be objective and to work with people and communicate effectively. Training is provided. Volunteers from all educational and ethnic backgrounds are welcome. Contact Carrie Phelps at 866-451-3214 or carrie.phelps@dia.iowa.gov for more information about becoming a child advocate in your community.

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