CASA®/GAL: a powerful voice in a child's life.
Children helped by CASA/GAL are victims of dependency, neglect, and abuse.
Make a difference in a child's life, right here in Wood County!
You can make a difference in a child's life by becoming a CASA/GAL Volunteer. You can contact the program office and request the application packet. After completion, the program will provide training needed to become and remain an effective volunteer advocate.
The Wood County CASA/GAL Program is a department within Wood County Juvenile Court. Funding for the program is received from the County Commissioners in the Juvenile Court Budget, grants including the Victims of Crime Federal Grant funding, private and organization donations and the Friends of CASA non-profit Advisory Board.
Mission Statement for CASA/GAL Program:
The mission of the Wood County Court Appointed Special Advocate/ Guardian ad litem Program is to recruit, train, guide, monitor and maintain qualified CASA/GAL volunteers (Court Appointed Special Advocates/ Guardian ad litem), who are appointed by the Wood County Juvenile Court Judge as Guardians ad Litem to advocate for the best interests of abused, neglected, and dependent children who are before the court as a result of abuse, neglect and dependency as defined by state child welfare laws. CASA/GAL volunteers serve as an independent voice throughout the juvenile court proceedings, until a safe and permanent home is found for each child.
CASA/GAL Program Goal:
The immediate goal of the Wood County Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian ad Litem (CASA/GAL) Program is to provide trained community volunteers to advocate for the "best interests" of children who come into the court system as a result of abuse, neglect or dependency, recognizing the diverse needs of the children served which includes diversity in race, ethnicity, economic, gender and geographic needs.
Our long term goal is to provide a CASA/GAL for each and every child who enters the court system as a result of abuse, neglect or dependency.