April is National Child Abuse Awareness Month

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va.-(WTAP) You've probably noticed the blue pinwheels located around town in recent weeks.

They're to call awareness to the growing problem of abused children.

April is National Child Abuse Awareness Month, and one reason the problem is growing is because of the equally worsening substance abuse crisis.

CASA is the organization whose members serves as advocates for children in court cases.

And the agency's local director says it's a volunteer effort.

"CASA operates with two paid staff, but the rest are volunteers who are people from the community who offer their services to help cover the cases and represent the children," Program Director Margaret Burdette explains. "Our biggest need is volunteers; the more cases we have, the more need for volunteers, so no child goes underserved."

The local CASA organization serves Wood, Pleasants, Wirt and Ritchie counties, and is always in need of volunteers.

There's more information about the West Virginia organization at the "Hot Button" on our home page.