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A Child’s Place Court-Appointed Special Advocates Ltd.

A Child’s Place Court-Appointed Special Advocate Ltd. is a nonprofit organization operating in Brooke and Hancock counties, W.Va., and Jefferson County, Ohio, by supporting and promoting court-appointed volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children so that they can thrive in safe, permanent homes.

A Court-Appointed Special Advocate is a volunteer appointed by the court to advocate for the best interests of a child who has been abused or neglected.

To do this, the CASA must research the facts of the case, help develop a family plan, collaborate with all parties on the case, and report to the court the current status of the family’s progression. A Child’s Place CASA is in need of CASA volunteers today. They served 251 children in 2016 in the three counties.

Involvement in the CASA program provides an opportunity to have a potential impact on the quality of a child’s life; to enhance written and oral communication skills, as well as collaboration skills; to gain an understanding of the State of West Virginia and the State of Ohio abuse and neglect proceedings and child welfare systems; and to increase awareness of child abuse and neglect.

CASA is looking for volunteers today to start training in January. The application is on the website at

For information, call (304) 737-4444.

A Child’s Place appreciates being able to participate in the Weirton Chamber of Commerce on a regular basis. Being a chamber member gives them the opportunity to collaborate with area businesses on a daily basis to benefit the children they serve.