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Training Information & Schedule

CASA Volunteer Training

Once an individual expresses interest in becoming a CASA Volunteer, they are required to complete an extensive application, an in-person interview, multiple background checks, and provide five references. Those who meet the preliminary requirements may then begin the required Pre-Service Training Program that covers all aspects of the child welfare system and helps prepare them for their volunteer advocacy role.

The Pre-Service Training curriculum consists of a total of 42 training hours, including in-person instruction facilitated by CASA staff and local subject-matter experts, self-study, and court observation. Training materials are provided in advance for trainees to refer to and utilize during training sessions.  Understanding and navigating the complexity of the child welfare system requires all volunteers to have, at minimum, a baseline knowledge of terms, policies, organizational setup, and laws. In addition, the Pre-Service Training curriculum covers:

  • The importance of family preservation and/or reunification
  • The importance of diversity, equity and inclusion
  • The importance of collaboration
  • The roles in a child welfare court case
  • Recognizing child abuse and neglect
  • Minimum sufficient level of care
  • Collaborative Family Engagement
  • The “Best Interest Principle”
  • The long-term effects of childhood trauma
  • Helping youth build resilience
  • Mental illness in children and families
  • The effects of substance abuse on parenting
  • Domestic violence 
  • Trauma-Informed approaches
  • Exploring culture and perceptions
  • Permanent resolutions
  • Court report writing
  • Educational, medical, and legal advocacy

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

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