60% of children in need do not have a CASA volunteer...
We can reach them with your help.


help us reach every child...
join the casa movement


Are you ready to change a child’s life?
Find out more about CASA of the EP.


About Us

Who We Are

Court Appointed Special Advocates of the Eastern Panhandle volunteers act as investigators, employing a holistic approach to collecting and providing a judge with valuable information on the child and his/her total environment in order to help the court make a sound decision about the child's placement. When it is in the best interest of the child, our volunteers research and guide parents and other involved caregivers to resources in need. But, more importantly, CASA-EP volunteers often provide the children we serve with consistency and hope, our volunteers are often the only adults who are with the child from the time his or her case is opened until that child is placed in a safe and permanent home. One by one, CASA-EP volunteers are standing up to ensure that the children of the Eastern Panhandle who have been affected by neglect and abuse. You should join us.

Our History

2014 -
CASA-EP advocate, Kathy Reid, received the Special Governor's Civil Rights Day Award. CASA-EP advocate, Darlene Truman, received the PIP (Partners in Prevention) Child Abuse Prevention, Volunteer of the Year award. A new CASA EP web site is launched!
2013 -
CASA-EP Moved locations! Outgrowing its space at the Caperton Train Station Suites to its current location at 336 S. Queen St. The Taste of the Panhandle donated the largest portion of its proceeds to CASA-EP.
2011 -
CASA-EP former advocate, Paul Darnauer, was recognized as West Virginia State CASA's Volunteer of the Year!
2007 -
.CASA-EP launched its first iteration of a website.
2003 -
CASA-EP is born through the hard work and dedication of two very special ladies Joan Piemme and Val Smith.
Full History -
To read a full history of CASA EP, click here.

our mission

CASA of the Eastern Panhandle, Inc. exists to find a safe, permanent home for every child in need in Berkeley, Morgan and Jefferson Counties. Vision Statement

CASA of the Eastern Panhandle, Inc. exists to protect the interest of abused and neglected children; to train volunteers to advocate for children in our community and court system, and to advocate until every child has a safe, loving and permanent home.

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children, to make sure they don't get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system or languish in inappropriate group or foster homes.

Volunteers stay with each case until it is closed and the child placed is in a safe, permanent home. For many abused children, their CASA volunteer will be the one constant adult presence in their lives. Independent research has demonstrated that children with a CASA volunteer are substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care, and less likely to re-enter care.

Our Current Work

Each year, more than three quarters of a million children in the U.S. are caught up in the court and child welfare maze because they are unable to live safely at home. Right here in Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan Counties, dozens of children face this same dismal future each year.

Imagine what it would be like to lose your parents, not because of something you did, but because they can’t – or won’t – take care of you. Now, into these children’s lives come dozens of strangers: police, foster parents, therapists, social workers, judges, lawyers, and more. Hopefully, one of these new faces is a CASA-EP Volunteer.

CASA-EP Volunteers are appointed by our respective Judges to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children in Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan Counties. The goal is to make sure these kids don’t get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system or languish in an inappropriate group or foster home. The Volunteer stays with each child until the case is closed and the child is settled in a safe, permanent home. For many abused children, their CASA-EP Volunteer will be the one constant adult in their life – the one adult who will be there without fail.

Last year, more than 75,000 CASA Volunteers nationwide served more than 240,000 abused and neglected children through more than 1,000 local program offices. CASA Volunteers in Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan Counties have advocated for hundreds of children since our program began in 2003. As we continue to expand and develop our CASA-EP network of Volunteer Advocates with in the Eastern Panhandle it is our hope, our mission, and our vision to provide each child in need of an advocate with an advocate, CASA-EP is completely committed to this vision.

Our People