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CASA of the Eastern Panhandle Charity Profile
CASA of the Eastern Panhandle, a non-profit organization, advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children within the court system to secure a safe and permanent home for each child.
CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. After a rigorous training program, CASA volunteers are appointed to investigate cases when children have been removed from their homes because of abuse and neglect. CASA is a nationwide program, and there are ten other CASA organizations in West Virginia. CASA of the Eastern Panhandle (CASA-EP) was established in 2003. Since then, CASA-EP has trained over 75 volunteers and advocated for nearly 200 children in Berkeley, Jefferson, and Morgan Counties. Our long-term goal is to increase our base of active volunteers, so we can serve all of the children in the Eastern Panhandle who are removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect and who need our help.
CASA volunteers are given court orders directing them to investigate cases after children have been removed from their homes. CASA volunteers carry a caseload of only one or two cases at a time. CASA volunteers are able to do an in-depth and exhaustive investigation of every case to which they are assigned, and therefore provide a much-needed service that helps the judge make a more informed decision about the immediate outcome of each child’s life.
CASA of the Eastern Panhandle Volunteer Information
CASA is the only volunteer organization that empowers everyday citizens as appointed members of the court. In an overburdened social welfare system, abused and neglected children often slip through the cracks among hundreds of current cases. CASA volunteers change that. Appointed by judges, CASA volunteers typically handle just one case at a time—and commit to staying on that case until the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. While others may come and go, CASA volunteers provide that one constant that children need in order to thrive.