CHAPTER 49. CHILD WELFARE.
WVC 49 - 3 -
ARTICLE 3. SPECIALIZED ADVOCACY PROGRAMS.
WVC 49 - 3 - 101
§49-3-101. Child advocacy centers; services; requirements.
Child advocacy centers provide the following services to
children in the child welfare program in West Virginia:
(1) Operation of a child-appropriate or child-friendly
facility that provides a comfortable, private setting that is both
physically and psychologically safe for clients.
(2) Participation in a multidisciplinary team for response to
child abuse allegations.
(3) Operate a legal entity responsible for program and fiscal
operations that has established and implemented basic sound
(4) Promote policies, practices and procedures that are
culturally competent and diverse. Cultural competency is defined
as the capacity to function in more than one culture, requiring the
ability to appreciate, understand and interact with members of
diverse populations within the local community.
(5) Conduct forensic interviews in a manner which is of a
neutral, fact-finding nature and coordinated to avoid duplicative
(6) Provide specialized medical evaluation and treatment made
available to clients as part of the team response, either at the
CAC or through coordination and referral with other specialized
(7) Offer therapeutic intervention through specialized mental
health services made available as part of the team response, either at the child advocacy center or through coordination and referral
with other appropriate treatment providers.
(8) Victim support and advocacy as part of the team response,
either at the child advocacy center or through coordination with
other providers, throughout the investigation and subsequent legal
(9) Conducting team discussions and providing information
sharing regarding the investigation, case status and services
needed by the child and family are to occur on a routine basis.
(10) Developing and implementing a system for monitoring case
progress and tracking case outcomes for team components.
(11) May establish a safe exchange location for children and
families who have a parenting agreement or an order providing for
visitation or custody of the children that require a safe exchange
WVC 49 - 3 - 102
§49-3-102. Court appointed special advocate; operations.
A court appointed special advocate (CASA) shall operate as
(1) Standards: CASA programs shall be members in good standing
with the West Virginia Court Appointed Special Advocate
Association, Inc., and the National Court Appointed Special
Advocates Association and adhere to all standards set forth by
(2) Organizational capacity: A designated legal entity is
responsible for program and fiscal operations has been established
and implements basic sound administrative practice.
(3) Cultural competency and diversity: CASA programs shall
promote policies, practices and procedures that are culturally
competent. "Cultural competency" is defined as the capacity to
function in more than one culture, requiring the ability to
appreciate, understand and interact with members of diverse
populations within the local community.
(4) Case management: CASA programs must utilize a uniform case
management system to monitor case progress and track outcomes.
(5) Case review: CASA volunteers shall meet with CASA staff on
a routine basis to discuss case status and outcomes.
(6) Training: Court appointed special advocates shall serve as
volunteers without compensation and shall receive training
consistent with state and nationally developed standards.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2015 Regular Session
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