Each CASA volunteer must complete a 40-hour pre-service training. The curriculum instructs volunteers on how to be an effective advocate, how courtroom procedure works, how to write a court report and other aspects of advocacy work. Guest speakers include professionals from social service agencies, lawyers and judges.
After training, CASA volunteers are assigned a program manager. The job of the program manager is to answer questions, keep volunteers on track and help volunteers write court reports. New volunteers are also assigned a peer coordinator who will help mentor and guide new advocates through the process.
There are numerous additional resources following the initial training, including ongoing specialized training, workshops, and support groups to help keep CASAs well-informed. View our training schedule to find a training near you.
Watch the video below to learn more about CASA’s support and training from active volunteer, Cotton Cleveland.