Mike Bandstra graduated with highest distinction from Iowa State University with an undergraduate degree in Social Work in 1987.  He then worked as a social worker in central Iowa with children in foster care for three years.  Mike graduated from the University of Iowa, College of Law in 1993 earning the following academic honors: Highest Distinction, John F. Murray Graduate (chosen by faculty to have the highest academic excellence in the graduating class) and Order of the Coif. 

 

Following his graduation from law school, Mike worked for two years at the Youth Law Center in Des Moines spending half of his time representing children in child welfare and delinquency cases and half-time working on the Center's policy efforts and broader litigation.

From 1995 to the present, Mike has maintained a private practice in Des Moines dedicated to the needs of children and those that care for children. 

Additionally, Mike teaches routinely at the University of Iowa, College of Law, in subjects including Adoption Law, Child Maltreatment Law and Delinquency Law.  Mike also teaches at the University of Iowa, Masters in Social Work program offering courses including Family Law and Social Work and Child Welfare Law and Social Work.  

 

Mike also provides statewide legal trainings for the Iowa Department of Human Services to field social workers.  He also provides trainings and consultation to a number of private organizations on matters related to the care and treatment of children and their families.  

ABOUT ME

Representation of: 

  • children as attorney and/or guardian ad litem in child welfare cases

  • divorce and child custody cases related matters

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Including:  

  • special needs adoptions 

  • infant adoptions

  • international adoptions 

  • step-parent adoptions

  • adult adoptions

ADOPTIONS
GUARDIANSHIPS
CHILD ADVOCACY
DELINQUENCIES
  • Legal training in all areas of child centered law

 

  • Preparation of legal training manuals

  • Consultation

SERVICES

Mike Bandstra

ATTORNEY AT LAW

INFO

Phone

Email

Website

Address

515-875-4948

mbandstralaw@gmail.com

mikebandstralaw.com

309 Court Ave. Suite 236

Des Moines, IA 50309

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