Piedmont CASA in Charlottesville

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"Going through Piedmont CASA's Volunteer training, getting to know our staff, and day-to-day involvement with the board have been eye-opening experiences for me. I have been extremely fortunate in my life, and it is a humbling and inspiring experience to see the dedication and impact of our staff and volunteers."

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James Gelly
Treasurer, Piedmont CASA Board of Directors

 

 

Serving Charlottesville since 1995

When we first opened our doors in 1995, two Volunteers served two children. Since then, nearly 800 Piedmont CASA Volunteers have served more than 750 children and youth in Charlottesville. Of those Volunteers, close to 500 were recruited from the City of Charlottesville itself. Local judges value this work so highly that they request a Piedmont CASA Volunteer for every case brought before them with underlying allegations of child abuse and neglect.

Last year, Piedmont CASA Volunteers donated approximately 2,000 hours to their advocacy in Charlottesville. This work is valued at $29.95 per hour by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services, so the savings in professional fees for the City of Charlottesville is $50,900.

Decades of working together

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Nine localities are served by courts in the 16th Judicial District

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Since 1995, Piedmont CASA has served children and youth in the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County. In 2013, we started providing CASA Volunteers for children in Louisa and Greene. In 2023, Piedmont CASA begins a phased roll out into Fluvanna, Madison and Orange - the only 16th District counties left unserved by CASA Volunteers. (The children of Culpeper and Goochland are being served by other CASAs.)

Fluvanna County is Phase One of our expansion, which begins in July 2023. Approximately 28,000 people live in Fluvanna, and it is projected to see a steady growth in population.