April was National Child Abuse Prevention Month. On April 26, 2012, A Child’s Place CASA, Ltd. held a candlelight event as part of a national movement to light a symbol of hope for the abused and neglected children who are currently under the jurisdiction of Brooke and Hancock Counties Circuit Courts. The vigil was be held at 7:30pm on the Town Square in Wellsburg.
During the event, attendees help light and will take a moment to remember the children who are victims of abuse and neglect in the community. There was 350 luminaries setup representing the 350 children in Brooke and Hancock Counties that have received assistance from A Child’s Place CASA, Ltd. over the twelve years of service to those children. People can sponsor a luminare if they’d like to get involved in the event.
CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to thoroughly research the specifics of each child’s case, and to advocate in court for the child’s best interests. They give their time to assure these children can reach safe, lasting homes where they can thrive. National evaluations of CASA programs indicate cases are resolved faster when children have a CASA volunteer. In turn, children spend less time, at reduced cost, in foster care.
A Child’s Place CASA, Ltd. is a member of National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association, more than 900 programs in 50 states that advocate for abused and neglected children. “Everyday, our volunteers work to bring hope into the lives of children. That is why we are lighting candles in courthouses across the country to remind all of us there is always hope for a child,” Michael Piraino, National CASA Association.