About CASA of Westmoreland
There are more than 950 local CASA programs across the U.S.A.
CASA of Westmoreland, Inc., is a volunteer-based organization providing a voice in the courts on behalf of abused and neglected children in Westmoreland County. The recommendations of these volunteers assist the courts in determining the child’s placement in safe, permanent and nurturing homes.
“Being a CASA volunteer allows you to be a voice for a child that has lost their own.”
“As a CASA we are only helping one child at a time, but we are giving that child a chance for a better life.”
“There is no greater joy in life than to help a child find their way to adulthood. To change a life from abuse to fulfillment is even more of a gift to the giver than the receiver!”
“Being a CASA has brought so much joy to my life. Being an advocate for children who often need a person to put their needs first so they will be heard has been very fulfilling.”
“I always thought I knew what was going on in the world until I became a CASA. Being a CASA is both rewarding and enlightening to what is truly going on in the world we live in.”
“I am often the one constant person in a revolving world of foster homes, school districts, case workers and service providers for a child in the foster care system. I take pride in that role as a CASA.”
CASA of Westmoreland, Inc. (Court Appointed Special Advocates) was initiated by a group of community members, led by Family Court Judge Christopher Feliciani, who recognized the need for a CASA program to advocate for the most vulnerable members of Westmoreland County’s community. Judge Feliciani believed that CASA would be the best solution for the then 330 children living in foster care due to severe abuse and/or neglect. This initiative led to the appointment of a steering committee, and then a Board of Directors. With support from the Westmoreland County Commissioners and many community members, CASA of Westmoreland, Inc. was incorporated in 2006 and recognized as a 501 (c) 3 organization, and opened its doors to start advocating for children in 2007.
The CASA office is located on the 4th floor of the Westmoreland County Courthouse annex at the opposite end of family court. There is a parking garage located at intersection of Otterman Street and Pennsylvania Avenue along with many small parking lots and street parking.