The court process can be a difficult one for young children. One state organization has been working with Randolph and Tucker County officials to better serve the children within both counties.
Representatives from Randolph County Family Resource Network and Randolph-Tucker Children’s Advocacy Center met with West Virginia Court Appointed Special Advocate Executive Director Tracy Busch to further discuss re-establishing the program within Randolph and Tucker counties.
“We are a part of a national movement that recruits and screens and trains community volunteers who are then appointed by the judge in their county to speak up for children in child abuse cases,” said Busch.
The West Virginia CASA Association partners with counties in West Virginia to develop programs to create a network of CASA volunteers.
“All of the social workers, the attorneys, all of the people that work with those children have case loads that are huge, you know, 50, 60, 70 kids that they are having to deal with at any given time and the CASA volunteer has one case maybe two at the most. Just in the last year across the state of West Virginia, the number of children that were placed in out of home placement, in foster care, doubled,” continued Busch.
They work to assist and strengthen the CASA programs established throughout West Virginia by offering technical assistance, training, public awareness activities, and research and resource development to create a quality volunteer advocacy network unique to each child.
West Virginia currently has 11 CASA programs which service 27 counties.
Busch said the goal for the West Virginia CASA Association is to have volunteers, community support, and programming up and running by January 2018.
For more information about the CASA Association and how to volunteer, visit the WV CASA Association online.