Who We Are
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.