Jean M. Baker is an attorney whose focus is on juvenile (child welfare) cases. Her education (both undergraduate and professional) and volunteer work make her uniquely qualified to work with those in juvenile court, whether parents or children. Her undergraduate degree provides insight into child development and working with parents, and her CASA work gives her a broader perspective of the various roles and underlying issues affecting those in Child in Need of Assistance (“CINA”) cases.
Ms. Baker received her Bachelor’s degree at The University of Northern Iowa in Elementary Education, and her law degree from Drake University Law School. She is licensed to practice law in all the state courts of Iowa. While most juvenile CINA cases are court-appointed, she does provide legal services to private pay clients as well.
She previously or currently volunteers her time in three primary ways:
- As a member of the Polk County (Iowa) Trauma Audit Team
- As the founder and (Interim) Executive Director of Serve Iowa, a 501(c)(3) organization that helps fill in the small gaps between what DHS-involved parents need and what DHS can provide. This organization provides financial resources for these families.
- Court Appointed Special Advocate (“CASA”) Coach in Polk County. CASAs are trained volunteers who work with abused and neglected kids, providing valuable insight to the courts.
Ms. Baker continues her education by prioritizing her Continuing Legal Education requirements around juvenile law, trauma-informed care, and child development.