CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — Five community members raised their right hand today and swore an oath to promote and protect the best interest of children in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle.

On May 31, 2022, Judge Debra McLaughlin of West Virginia’s 23rd Judicial Circuit swore in the newest class of court-appointed special advocates (CASA), offering words of experience and encouragement.

CASA-EP advocates for children who have experienced abuse or neglect providing a “dedicated advocate speaking up for their best interest in court, at school, and in the community.”

To that end, CASA-EP trains, educates, and empowers diverse community volunteers who ensure that each child’s needs remain a priority in an overburdened child welfare system.

The newest class of CASA volunteers join roughly 60 current advocates who provide a voice for children in Berkeley, Morgan, and Jefferson counties.

For more information on how to become a volunteer or support the mission of CASA-EP, visit or call 304-263-5100.