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 Mondays and Thursdays from either 9:30 am to 1:00 pm or 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm. Classes meet for five consecutive weeks. Volunteers in training must also complete ten hours of documented court observation.
All classes are mandatory and must be completed prior to being assigned a case!
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. 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.
Applications are currently being accepted for the Winter 2018 training. Interviews for this training will take place during the months of November and December. Training classes will start in January 2018.
- Location: Clayton County Juvenile Justice & Youth Development Center
- 9163 Tara Blvd, Jonesboro, GA 30236
- Contact: Call: 678-610-1061 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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