A new CASA volunteer was welcomed to serve in Juvenile Court recently. Sarah Elm is Story County’s newest CASA Volunteer. On January 22, 2014, Ms. Elm, from Story City, Iowa, and a student at Iowa State University, was sworn-in by the Honorable Judge Stephen Owen as new Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer. Elm now joins the other CASAs with the Child Advocacy Board program, which provides oversight and training for the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program.

CASA’s are citizens from all walks of life who make a commitment to become the “eyes and ears” of the court for the children or family to which they are assigned. The CASA volunteer does a thorough assessment by reviewing records and talking to parents, social workers, teachers and others who have knowledge of the child’s situation. The CASA then writes a report to the court with recommendations and continues to monitor the child’s progress by attending staff meetings and court hearings.

For more information on serving children in your community, please contact Steve Ward, CASA Program Coordinator, at the Iowa Child Advocacy Board, 314 Sixth Street, Suite 208, Ames, Iowa 50010 (515/233-2961, steve.ward@dia.iowa.gov).