National Resources

  • ABA Center on Children and the Law (A program of the Young Lawyers Division, aims to improve children's lives through advances in law, justice, knowledge, practice and public policy.)
  • AdoptUsKids (The mission of AdoptUsKids is to recruit and connect foster and adoptive families with waiting children throughout the United States.)
  • Adoption Adoption (Information on international, domestic, child & agency adoptions, stories, laws, and specific information for West Virginia.)
  • American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (A national organization whose mission is to enhance the ability of professionals to respond to children and families affected by abuse and violence.)
  • CASAnet (CASAnet is the support website for CASA and GAL volunteers and staff.)
  • Child Welfare League of America (An association of public and private nonprofit agencies that assist more than 3.5 million abused and neglected children and their families each year with a range of services.)
  • Child Welfare Information Gateway – Child Abuse & Neglect (Resources about child maltreatment, including definitions, signs and symptoms, statistics and prevalence, types of child abuse and neglect, risk and protective factors, the impact on individuals and society, and child fatalities.)
  • Children's Defense Fund (The Children's Defense Fund's Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.)
  • Foster Parent Network (This site provides information to help foster parents do the difficult, yet vital, job of caring for foster kids.)
  • Mission West Virginia – Frameworks (The FrameWorks initiative provides a variety of programs to support, build, and strengthen West Virginia families. These include adoptive and foster parent recruitment, child specific adoption recruitment, and kinship care support for relative caregivers.)
  • National Association of Counsel for Children (A non-profit, child advocacy, and professional membership association, dedicated to providing high quality legal representation for children.)
  • National Association to Prevent Sexual Abuse of Children (An organization dedicated to the prevention of childhood sexual abuse and the support of survivors through education, advocacy and legal reform.)
  • National CASA Association (The mission of the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association, together with its state and local members, is to support and promote court-appointed volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children so that they can thrive in safe, permanent homes.)
  • National Center for Victims of Crime (The nation's leading resource and advocacy organization for crime victims and those who serve them.)
  • North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC promotes and supports permanent families for children and youth in the U.S. and Canada who have been in care—especially those in foster care and those with special needs.)
  • Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP, a component of the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, accomplishes its mission by supporting states, local communities, and tribal jurisdictions in their efforts to develop and implement effective programs for juveniles. The Office strives to strengthen the juvenile justice system's efforts to protect public safety, hold offenders accountable, and provide services that address the needs of youth and their families.)
  • Voices for America's Children (A nonpartisan, national organization committed to speaking out for the well-being of children at the federal, state and local levels of government.)

State-Wide Resources

  • http://www.wvcasa.org/ Official West Virginia CASA Program website
  • Prevent Child Abuse West Virginia (Prevent Child Abuse West Virginia is a chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America a national leader in building awareness, providing education, and inspiring hope in everyone involved in the effort to keep children free from abuse and neglect.)
  • Tri-County Foster Adoptive Network Support (Serves foster and adoptive families in Ohio, Brooke, and Hancock counties.)
  • West Virginia Birth to Three Program (A statewide system of services and supports for children under age three who have a delay in their development, or may be at risk of having a delay, and their family.)
  • West Virginia Child Protective Services (A specialized Child Welfare service provided by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. This service is provided to families on behalf of children who are neglected or abused by their parents or by the guardians or custodians responsible for the care of children.)
  • West Virginia Children's Justice Task Force (A multidisciplinary group of public and private agencies and individuals, committed to the protection of children from abuse and neglect.)
  • West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence (An organization committed to the elimination of personal and institutional violence against women, children, and men.)
  • West Virginia Court Improvement Program (The West Virginia Supreme Court's Court Improvement Program works to create, identify, and promote initiatives that make the Court system more responsible and efficient in achieving safety, permanence, well-being, due process, and timely outcomes for children and families in the child welfare system.)
  • West Virginia Crime Victims Compensation Fund (In 1981, the West Virginia Legislature enacted legislation (WV Code §14-2A) creating the crime victims program within the West Virginia Court of Claims declaring that "a primary purpose of government is to provide for the safety of citizens and the inviolability of their property." This Act provides for compensation to innocent victims of crime who have suffered personal injury and who have incurred out-of-pocket losses as a result of criminally injurious conduct.)
  • West Virginia Bureau for Children and Families (The Bureau for Children and Families is responsible for the operation of a number of programs that affect families and children.)