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Golf outing raises CASA volunteer awareness in Monongalia, Preston counties

KINGWOOD, W.Va. – The 2nd Annual Court Appointed Special AdvocateS (CASA) For Kids Golf Tournament will be held Saturday at the Preston County Country Club beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Crissi Christy

CASA Executive Director Crissi Christy said CASA volunteers play a very important role in a child’s life when a court order separates them from parents. The volunteers serve as the “eyes and ears” of the court gathering information from the children and families to make recommendations to a judge.

“They follow children in the foster care system from start to finish during their time of care to help achieve permanency as quickly as possible,” Christy said.

According to Christy, the numbers of foster children are increasing each year. Last year, in Monongalia and Preston counties nearly 250 children received care and assistance.

“Right now, we’re not able to serve 100-percent of all the children in Mon and Preston counties and that’s the point of this tournament is to bring awareness of this issue that we need to give every child in the foster care system what they deserve,” Christy said.

Volunteers must be at least 21, commit to seeing a child once a month, serve for at least one year and pass a criminal and child protective service background check.

“We have students, we have nurses, we have teachers, so anybody in the community that has a sense and desire to help we would gladly train you and gladly help you become a volunteer,” Christy said.

Co-ed teams of four will compete for bragging rights and a variety of door prizes throughout the day. The $40 per person ticket price also includes food and can be purchased by calling 304-599-1087.

“We’ll have volunteers and board members sharing information about their experiences and more about our program,” Christy said. “It’s going to be a good time.”





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