Iowa Child Advocacy Board

DACU (Dubuque Area Congregated United) let us know about two programs with the Iowa Child Advocacy Board that need volunteers.

The first program is the Foster Care Review Board, which is currently looking for female volunteers to provide gender balance on two of the boards. There are 3 review boards that meet once a month to ensure case planning is carried out in a way that children are moved through the foster care system as quickly and safely as possible.

The second program is Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) which advocate for children in Dubuque who have been abused or neglected.  They are the voice of the children in the courtroom and the child welfare system,.  They are assigned to one family at a time, and gather information, monitor the court’s expectations, and report to the court on behalf of the child’s best interests. Time commitment varies.  They need at least 5 volunteers, more if at all possible.

You can call Shirley Hoefer at 582-6219 or email shirley if you are interested.


Strengthening Our Meetings as Caring Communities

Jaro has directed me to a wonderful article on the FGC website.  It is called “Strengthening Our Meetings as Caring Communities” and really expresses quite well not just the importance of being a community as well as simply a Meeting/Worship Group, but how to foster that spirit in your own circle.  It includes some Queries that I think would make excellent reflections for our First Day Worship, and I may draw from that in the times to come if we are in need of one for our use.

I know that I often speak of not just how my family has been welcomed as a whole by our group to others, but I speak of how you welcome and treat my son.  It seems so organic and natural, the respectful and dignified way you treat him, and I hope all those who come in contact with us can feel that same spirit.

There is also a link in the sidebar to more resources on this topic, if you’d like to read those as well.  Feel free to comment below, too. Everyone’s thoughts are welcome here.