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National CASA CEO to Meet with State and Local Representatives in Morgantown

The Free Press WV

The Chief Executive Officer of the National CASA organization, Tara Perry, will be visiting West Virginia on Monday, January 14th in Morgantown. State executives and board members will be meeting with Tara Perry along with Executive Directors and CASA Board Directors from the local programs across West Virginia. This is an exclusive opportunity for CASA programs in WV to speak directly to a leading representative from the national organization.

Tara Perry will be talking to the state and local representatives about what National CASA is doing to support programs in West Virginia and the ways in which local programs can benefit from the relationship with the national organization.

On the agenda for the meeting is a presentation by Perry about the role of the National CASA organization, followed by a presentation from the WV State CASA Board and local CASA programs describing their efforts to directly work with abused and neglected children. Invitations have also been extended to state and regional legislative representatives to convey to them the importance of funding for WV CASA.

CASA is a national program that provides critical support for children in the foster care system. A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is a trained volunteer who is a consistent presence in a child’s life while they are in a situation that is confusing and foreign in most every way. CASA volunteers aid children as they go through the court systems and find their way in their foster homes and new schools.

The meeting will take place on Monday, January 14th at the Pines Country Club in Morgantown.

The meeting is not open to the public, but it will be open to the press from 10 a.m. to noon.

About Tara Perry, CEO of CASA

Throughout her career, Tara Perry has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to issues affecting our nation’s most disadvantaged youth. Prior to joining National CASA Association in 2013, Perry served as Vice President of Strategy and Operations for the Woodruff Arts Center in

Atlanta, Georgia, the nation’s third largest arts center serving diverse and underserved populations and introducing the arts to a new generation of patrons.

Perry previously spent more than 10 years with the American Red Cross in Atlanta, Georgia, in Chicago, Illinois, and with the national organization in Washington, D.C. Perry also served in top positions with the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), The Kroger Company and the Atlanta Braves.

Perry has been recognized for her business and community leadership with a number of honors and accolades, including being named one of Atlanta’s top 10 female executives by Business-to-Business Magazine.


CASA in West Virginia provides an indispensable service to abused and neglected children – including children affected by the opioid crisis in our state. At any given time, there are over 5,000 children in foster care in West Virginia. CASA plays an important role in the ultimate success of these children. A child with a CASA volunteer receives more services that are critical to their well-being than children without an advocate.

Without intervention, the odds are stacked against children in foster care. A child with a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer, however, receives more services that are critical to their well-being than children without an advocate, and those children are more likely to achieve educational success.

WVCASA Association is a member of the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association (National CASA), a nationwide network of programs in nearly 1,000 communities. At the heart of the movement are nearly 77,000 highly trained volunteers who advocate for the best interests of more than 250,000 of America’s children who have been abused or neglected. In West Virginia, there are over 300 volunteer advocates fighting for the best interests of 2,000 children but over 3,000 more children need the care and support of a CASA volunteer.

For more information about CASA, to become a supporter or to volunteer, visit or call (304.637.6767).

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