Frequently Asked Questions
CASA volunteers are well respected for their thorough and objective reports for
the juvenile court to consider when making decisions that affect a child’s
The Iowa Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program commissions trained
community volunteers to serve as an effective voice in court for abused and
neglected children, strengthening efforts to ensure that each child is living in
a safe, permanent and nurturing home.
making decisions about abused and neglected children's lives without sufficient
information, a Seattle judge, David Soukup, conceived the idea of using trained
community volunteers to speak for the best interests of these children in court.
So successful was this Seattle program that soon judges
across the country began utilizing citizen advocates.
Today nearly 900 CASA programs are in operation, with 62,000 volunteers
serving as Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs). Iowa CASA is a program
of the State of Iowa Child Advocacy Board.
In 2012, the North Iowa CASA program:
- Advocated for 73 children, served by 26 CASA volunteers in the six-county
- North Iowa CASA volunteers contributed over 2600 hours and drove over 11,000
The local coordinator is:
220 N. Washington
Mason City, Iowa 50401
Ph: (641) 421-3080 or Toll Free 866-295-5262
Fax: (641) 421-3134