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.

2022 – 2023 Advocate Training Calendar
*Please note all schedules are subject to change in time or format due to COVID-19 Restrictions!

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

Winter 2023 New Volunteer Training in CASA Office (Trainees must attend ALL sessions for each class)
Thurs Jan 12th @ 6Pm – 7:30pm – Orientation/Hand out books and give instructions
Mon Jan 16th @ 5:45pm – 9:00pm
Thurs Jan 19th @ 5:45pm – 9:00pm
Mon Jan 23rd @ 5:45pm – 9:00pm
Thurs Jan 26th @ 5:45pm – 9:30pm
Mon Jan 30th @ 5:45pm – 9:30pm
Thurs Feb 2nd @ 5:45pm – 9:00pm

Spring 2023  New Volunteer Training in CASA Office (Trainees must attend ALL sessions for each class)
Thurs March 23rd @ 6Pm – 7:30pm – Orientation/Hand out books and give instructions
Mon March 27th @ 5:45pm – 9:00pm
Thurs March 30th @ 5:45pm – 9:00pm
Mon April 3rd @ 5:45pm – 9:00pm
Thurs April 7th @ 5:45pm – 9:30pm
Mon April 10th  @ 5:45pm – 9:30pm
Thurs April 14th @ 5:45pm – 9:00pm

Summer 2023  New Volunteer Training in CASA Office (Trainees must attend ALL sessions for each class)
Thurs June 1st @ 6Pm – 7:30pm – Orientation/Hand out books and give instructions
Mon June 5th @ 5:45pm – 9:00pm
Thurs June 8th @ 5:45pm – 9:00pm
Mon June 12th @ 5:45pm – 9:00pm
Thurs June 15th @ 5:45pm – 9:30pm
Mon June 19th @ 5:45pm – 9:30pm
Thurs June 22nd@ 5:45pm – 9:00pm

Fall 2023  New Volunteer Training in CASA Office (Trainees must attend ALL sessions for each class)
Thurs Sept 7th @ 6Pm – 7:30pm – Orientation/Hand out books and give instructions
Mon Sept 11th @ 5:45pm – 9:00pm
Thurs Sept 14th @ 5:45pm – 9:00pm
Mon Sept 18th @ 5:45pm – 9:00pm
Thurs Sept 21st @ 5:45pm – 9:30pm
Mon Sept 25th @ 5:45pm – 9:30pm
Thurs Sept 28th @ 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