CASA For Kids
The mission of the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA For Kids) Program of Monongalia and Preston Counties, hereafter known as CASA, is to bring permanency as quickly as possible for children in the court system. It is our primary intent to advocate for the best interests of abused, neglected, and exploited children through the use of screened, trained community volunteers, community education projects, and federal and state legislation.
Our volunteers and staff are dedicated to the well-being of children who are victims of abuse and neglect. CASA volunteers are appointed by a judge to speak to the best interest of children in civil abuse and neglect proceedings and to ensure the needs of children are met in an overburdened foster care system.
CASA volunteers and staff do this by getting to know the child/children, meeting with parents, family members, caregivers, attorneys, case workers, counselors, teachers, police officers, and anyone else involved with the child/children.
Our volunteers can be a bridge of communication between family, caregivers, and providers.
We understand that this can be a difficult and confusing time for the children. That is why we remain appointed and dedicated to the child/children until the case is dismissed from the court's docket when permanency has been achieved.
Our staff actively participates in community outreach and prevention programs to educate the public on issues related to foster care. While these are main two services two of the primary services provided, our organization is always growing and looking for new opportunities to serve our community.
CASA For Kids is always in need of volunteers outside of our advocates. If you are an individual that may not be able to be an advocate for a child we have opportunities to help with fundraising, event-planning, volunteer recruitment, administrative work, etc.