Volunteer

Volunteer

Take the first step to becoming a CASA advocate:

VOLUNTEER!

Applicants are required to complete 32 hours of initial training and 3 hours of court observations. Upon completion of training requirements and thorough background checks, volunteers are sworn in by the District Judge as a Court appointed special advocate – also known as Guardian at litem (GAL). 

Advocate training Calendar:

Each trainee will need to attend ALL of the classes for the session (Winter/Spring/Summer/Fall) they select. Can’t make everyone of the classes in your session? Make-ups for 1 or 2 classes will be evaluated upon request.

2020-21 Advocate Training Calendar 7-1-20
2021-2022 Advocate Training Calendar
*Please note all schedules are subject to change in time or format due to COVID-19 Restrictions!

Summer 2021 NEW VOLUNTEER – FLEX* New Volunteer Training* –
Trainees must attend all sessions for that time period.
*15 hours classroom training and 15 hours homework/online. Homework must be completed prior to attending the classroom portion.
Thurs June 3rd – Orientation from 6 – 7:30pm
Mon June 7th – Classroom session 1 from 6 – 9 pm
Thurs June 10th – Classroom session 2 from 6 – 9 pm
Mon June 14th – Classroom session 3 from 6 – 9 pm
Thurs June 17th – Classroom session 4 from 6 – 9 pm
Mon June 21st – Classroom session 5 from 6 – 9 pm

Fall 2021  New Volunteer Training in CASA Office (Trainees must attend ALL sessions for each class)
Thurs Sept 9th @ 6Pm – 7:30pm – Orientation/Hand out books and give instructions
Mon Sept 13th @ 5:45pm – 9:00pm
Thurs Sept 16th @ 5:45pm – 9:00pm
Mon Sept 20th @ 5:45pm – 9:00pm
Thurs Sept 23rd @ 5:45pm – 9:30pm
Mon Sept 27th @ 5:45pm – 9:30pm
Thurs Sept 30th @ 5:45pm – 9:00pm

Winter January 2022 New Volunteer Training in CASA Office (Trainees must attend ALL sessions for each class)
Thurs Jan 13th  @ 6:00 – 7:30 pm Orientation
Mon Jan 17th  @ 5:45 – 9:00 pm Session 1
Thurs  Jan 20th @ 5:45 – 9:00 pm Session 2
Mon  Jan 24th @ 5:45 – 9:00 pm Session 3
Thurs Jan 27th @ 5:45 – 9:30 pm – Session 4 review & Session 5
Mon Jan 31st @ 5:45 – 9:30 pm – Session 6 review & Session 7
Thurs Feb 3rd @ 5:45 – 9:00 pm Session 8

Spring March 2022 New Volunteer Training in CASA Office (Trainees must attend ALL sessions for each class)
Thurs March 17th @ 6pm – 7:30pm – Orientation/Hand out books and give instructions
Mon March 21st  @ 5:45pm – 9:00pm
Thurs March 24th @ 5:45pm – 9:00pm
Mon March 28th @ 5:45pm – 9:00pm
Thurs March 31st @ 5:45pm – 9:30pm
Mon April 4th @ 5:45pm – 9:30pm
Thurs April 7th @ 5:45pm – 9:00pm

Summer 2022 New Volunteer – FLEX* New Volunteer Training* –
Trainees must attend all sessions for that time period.
*15 hours classroom training and 15 hours homework/online. Homework must be completed prior to attending the classroom portion.
Thurs June 2nd – Orientation from 6 – 7:30pm
Mon June 6th – Classroom session 1 from 5:45 – 9 pm
Thurs June 9th – Classroom session 2 from 5:45 – 9 pm
Mon June 13th – Classroom session 3 from 5:45 – 9 pm
Thurs June 16th – Classroom session 4 from 5:45 – 9 pm
Mon June 20th – Classroom session 5 from 5:45 – 9 pm

Fall 2022  New Volunteer Training in CASA Office (Trainees must attend ALL sessions for each class)
Thurs Sept 8th @ 6Pm – 7:30pm – Orientation/Hand out books and give instructions
Mon Sept 12th @ 5:45pm – 9:00pm
Thurs Sept 15th @ 5:45pm – 9:00pm
Mon Sept 19th @ 5:45pm – 9:00pm
Thurs Sept 22nd @ 5:45pm – 9:30pm
Mon Sept 26th @ 5:45pm – 9:30pm
Thurs Sept 29th @ 5:45pm – 9:00pm

All schedules and/or times are subject to change.
Please call office for more information and to confirm schedule.

For more information about new advocate trainings – contact Rebel Taylor at 325-677-6448 or rebeltaylor@bigcountrycasa.org