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CASA for Children Inc.

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A CASA volunteer is a trained volunteer child advocate sworn in by the Judge to represent the best interest of children who are abused and neglected and are active cases in the Circuit Court System. The CASA volunteer investigates the child’s circumstances, provides fact based information and makes recommendations to the court while becoming a source of support for the child.

The CASA program is independent but works closely with the court, social workers, therapists, attorneys, care providers and other professionals involved in a child’s case. CASA volunteers work under the direct supervision of the CASA program staff to further the child’s welfare and to expedite the case through the system.

The CASA volunteer’s ultimate goal is to move the child out of temporary placement, usually in the foster care system, into a safe and permanent home. This could mean return to the parent’s care, adoption, the appointment of a legal guardian or some other permanent living arrangement that satisfies the court and fulfills the child’s needs.

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About CASA for Children Inc.

Location:

258 Jefferson Ave, Moundsville, WV 26041, US

Mission Statement

The Mission of CASA is to promote and support quality volunteer representation for abused and neglected children in the state foster care system, in order to provide each child with a safe permanent nurturing home. It is our goal to educate the community regarding its responsibility for abused and neglected children and to see to the best interests of the children we serve.

Description

CASA is a volunteer based organization, with only two paid staff. CASA volunteers help the Judge determine permanent placement for a child. If the child does not have an advocate this process can take a long time, the hope is that with the volunteer’s help, a decision about what is in the best interest of the child can be expedited, so as not to linger in the system for years. The state legislature has determined that a CASA volunteer’s duties include: independent gathering of information; facilitating prompt and thorough review of the case, promoting and protecting the best interest of the child, follow-up and monitoring of court orders and case plans; making a written report to court with recommendations concerning the child’s welfare and negotiating and advocating on behalf of the child.

Advocacy & Human Rights
Children & Youth
Justice & Legal

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

1224 Chapline St.Wheeling, WV 26003

(40.06675,-80.72099)
 

SKILLS

  • Legal (General)
  • Advocacy
  • Child Advocacy
  • Case Work / Management
  • Psychology
  • Social Work

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • The volunteer position requires approximately 10 hours per month.

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