Formed in 1979, WVCCA is an association of professional service agencies that operate a wide variety of behavioral health and child welfare programs throughout West Virginia. Our role is to provide a voice for the most vulnerable and difficult children who have experienced abuse, neglect, emotional and behavior challenges, substance abuse and/or delinquency. Our vision is to lead the way in inspiring others to help children and their families.
MISSION & VISION
WVCCA advocates for children and families by sharing member knowledge and resources, embracing partnerships and influencing public policy.
Our vision is to lead the way in inspiring others to help children and their families.
TAKING A STAND
We pledge to take a stand for our kids by championing quality behavioral health and child welfare programs found right here at home, supporting the dedicated providers who care for our children in need, and working together to provide care for our kids within our state’s borders.
We work with West Virginia’s child welfare and behavioral health stakeholders to eliminate policy barriers and day to day practices that reduce the effective utilization of in-state resources.
We strive to provide opportunities for West Virginia’s children and families to receive treatment and services in West Virginia, where they can remain in their communities, with their families, and connected to their support systems.
While proud of our 38 year history, our Association is progressive and we develop a comprehensive strategic plan every three years. Our goals include:
AGENCY QUALITY & SUPPORT GOAL
Establish and advance quality standards of care, share knowledge, and combine resources to promote healthy children and families in West Virginia.
PUBLIC AFFAIRS GOAL
Promote high quality care for children and families through legislative advocacy and influencing public policy.
Katrina Harmon was appointed Executive Director of the West Virginia Child Care Association in March 2017 after serving 2 years as Associate Director. With years of experience in the non-profit sector, Katrina works with 19 member agencies to provide a voice for the most vulnerable children in West Virginia who have experienced abuse, neglect, emotional and behavioral challenges, substance abuse and/or delinquency. Prior to joining WVCCA, Katrina's career roles included serving as a non-profit marketing consultant; nearly 10 years as Marketing Manager & Director at the state’s largest cultural arts facility and children’s museum; VP of Sales & Marketing for a construction firm specializing in community revitalization and development; and Account Executive for the Charleston, WV Convention & Visitors Bureau. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from West Virginia University and was one of the first graduates of WVU’s cutting-edge Integrated Marketing Communications Master’s degree program in 2005. When she isn't carpooling her teen son to his soccer events, Katrina enjoys live music, traveling, kayaking and reading! She and her husband of 22 years, Joe, live in Winfield.
WVCCA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The WVCCA office is located on the second floor of the United Way Building in Charleston, WV.