Child advocates in Iowa receive 2019 Outstanding Volunteer Program Award

Accepting the award, from left to right are Amy Carpenter, Sherri Ripperger, Jim Hennessey, Jamie Galligan, Lesa Christianson and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg.

The Iowa Child Advocacy Board (ICAB), which administers the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) and the Iowa Citizen Foster Care Review Board (FCRB), was the recipient of the “Outstanding Volunteer Program Award” at the 2019 Iowa Nonprofit Summit held Oct. 29.

These highly effective volunteer programs serve children who have experienced abuse and neglect and who, through no fault of their own, find themselves involved in the child welfare and juvenile court systems.

In Fiscal Year 2019, a dedicated force of 669 volunteers advocated for the best interests of over 3000 children in Iowa. These volunteers help to ensure the children they serve are safe, have their needs met through services, and have a nurturing, permanent placement where they can thrive. We thank our CASA and FCRB volunteers right here in Marion, Polk and Warren counties that help support our community’s children.

ICAB volunteers advocate for the best interest of children through fact-finding, observation, talking to all people involved with the child and providing written reports with recommendations to the Court. They help lead cases forward to the best possible resolution for the children.

Volunteers also make up the Governor-appointed positions of the ICAB State Board members, the Friends of Iowa CASA/FCRB Board members, and many program support volunteers, all of whom are extremely instrumental in providing guidance to our programs and funding to help build capacity to do more. They make a tremendous impact in the quality of service given to children.

“It was a great honor to accept the 2019 Outstanding Volunteer Program Award on behalf of our staff, all our caring Court Appointed Special Advocates, Foster Care Review Board Members, State Board and Friends Board Members, and program support volunteers,” said ICAB Administrator Jim Hennessey. “We are grateful for their faithful advocacy for Iowa’s vulnerable children. We couldn’t be more proud of them.”

A safe child in a safe family today makes safer communities. Many of ICAB’s volunteers believe it is one of the best things they have ever done to impact their community. There are thousands of children in Iowa waiting for someone to speak up for them; they need you.

For more information about how you may serve in the CASA and FCRB volunteer programs, visit childadvocacy.iowa.gov or call Local Coordinator Carrie Phelps at 866-451-3214.

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