Child Advocacy Board

The Child Advocacy Board, appointed by the Governor, works to ensure that children in Iowa's child welfare system are well cared for and that the system designed to meet their needs is doing so in the most effective manner possible. The Board oversees the state's Local Foster Care Review Boards and the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program. These programs recruit, train and support hundreds of community volunteers throughout the state devoted to helping protect the best interests of abused and neglected children.

Visit the
Child Advocacy Board home page to learn more about the Board, its programs, volunteer opportunities and Iowa's child welfare system.

Board Members

Bruce Johnson

Gerald W. Magee

Roberta Payne

Elaine Sanders

Wayne Schellhammer

Jeanne Sorensen

Michael R. Steele

Shannon Unternahrer

Nancylee Ziese


Jim Hennessey, Administrator

(515) 281-7627

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To contact us:

Lucas State Office Building

321 East 12th Street

Des Moines, IA 50319-0083

Phone: 515-281-7102

Fax: 515-242-6863

Email: WEBMASTER@DIA.IOWA.GOV

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