Frequently Asked Questions
"Our local 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 life.”
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.
Concerned over 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 service area
- North Iowa CASA volunteers contributed over 2600 hours and drove over 11,000 miles
The local coordinator is:
Email: (Change the AT to @)
220 N. Washington
Mason City, Iowa 50401
Ph: (641) 421-3080 or Toll Free 866-295-5262
Fax: (641) 421-3134