Training Information & Schedule

Advocate Training

  • New Advocate training consists of 18 hours of classroom training and 12 hours of self-study for a total of 30 hours. In addition, 1 hour of courtroom observation will be scheduled with the Training Director.  
  • Volunteers may miss one class and schedule a make-up session with the Training Director. If more than one class is missed, volunteers will be required to register for a future training session.
  • Topics covered in training will include: introduction to Child Protective Services (CPS) and the court system, cultural competency, child advocacy, court reporting writing, understanding children and families, substance abuse, poverty, educational advocacy, mental health overview, judicial perspective, and a panel of Volunteer Advocates.

For questions, please contact Mary Jane Ritchey, Training Director, at or call (806) 763-2272.

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