Training

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The comprehensive training to become a CASA volunteer was developed by the National CASA Association in consultation with child abuse and neglect professionals, juvenile court attorneys and judges, CASA staff, and CASA volunteers from all over the country.

Using this standard curriculum, our goal during CASA training is to ensure that volunteers receive the tools they need to be the best possible advocate for the children they will serve while providing a positive and stimulating experience. We realize volunteers are taking time from their regular lives and families, so we try our best to ensure that the time they are investing is well spent.

CASA training hours are scheduled at times that are convenient for most working people. Prior to being sworn in, volunteers undergo 40 hours of training, which includes courtroom observations, conducted by the local CASA program. Volunteers learn about courtroom procedure from the principles in the system – judges, lawyers, social workers, court personnel and others. CASA volunteers also learn effective child advocacy techniques and are educated about specific topics ranging from seminars on child sexual abuse to discussions on adolescent behavior.

Training days are Tuesdays and Thursdays from either 9:00 am to 12:00 pm or 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Classes meet for five consecutive weeks. Volunteers in training must also complete ten hours of documented court observation. All of our training sessions are held at the Clayton County Youth Development & Justice Center. .

Training Classes for 2022 and 2023

2022-2023 CASA Training Schedule

FALL 2022

September 13, 2022 Tuesday

September 15, 2022 Thursday

September 20, 2022 Tuesday

September 22, 2022 Thursday

September 27, 2022 Tuesday

September 29, 2022 Thursday

October 4, 2022 Tuesday

October 6, 2022 Thursday

October 11, 2022 Tuesday

October 13, 2022 Thursday

WINTER 2023

January 10, 2023 Tuesday

January 12, 2023 Thursday

January 17, 2023 Tuesday

January 19, 2023 Thursday

January 24, 2023 Tuesday

January 26, 2023 Thursday

January 31, 2023 Tuesday

February 2, 2023 Thursday

February 7, 2023 Tuesday

February 9, 2023 Thursday

SPRING 2023

April 11, 2023 Tuesday

April 13, 2023 Thursday

April 18, 2023 Tuesday

April 20, 2023 Thursday

April 25, 2023 Tuesday

April 27, 2023 Thursday

May 2, 2023 Tuesday

May 4, 2023 Thursday

May 9, 2023 Tuesday

May 11, 2023 Thursday

SUMMER 2023

July 11, 2023 Tuesday

July 13, 2023 Thursday

July 18, 2023 Tuesday

July 20, 2023 Thursday

July 25, 2023 Tuesday

July 27, 2023 Thursday

August 1, 2023 Tuesday

August 3, 2023 Thursday

August 8, 2023 Tuesday

August 10, 2023 Thursday

All classes are mandatory and must be completed prior to being sworn in!

In order to become a CASA volunteer we ask that you first attend a one hour Orientation Session. During this informal presentation we provide an overview of what to expect during the CASA training, provide a forum for meeting fellow classmates, and allow opportunities for questions. Orientation will take place on the first date listed for the training class schedule. Prior to the one hour orientation session, a volunteer application and personal interview with staff must be completed. Upon receiving your application, a CASA staff person will contact you to set up the personal interview and go over the dates, times, and location of the next CASA training.

Please note: Application Deadlines- Applications must be received two weeks prior to the start of any training classes.

Training Information:

  • Location: Clayton County Juvenile Justice & Youth Development Center
  • 9163 Tara Blvd, Jonesboro, GA 30236
  • Contact: Call: 678-610-1061 or email: meredith.smith@claytoncountyga.gov
  • Parking: Parking is free to all participants
  • Children: Childcare is not provided during orientation or training sessions
  • Visitors: Visitors are not allowed to attend class sessions
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