CASA volunteers receive 40 hours of training from CASA over a 7-week period. Upon completion, all volunteers are sworn in before the Juvenile Court judge and are assigned to a case and a supervisor who will assist them throughout the process. CASA of Lane County currently trains successful applicants four times each year (winter, spring, summer, and fall) with limited class sizes.

At the present because of COVID-19 and health concerns, classes are being held virtually (online) using the Zoom platform for the interactive portion of the training and a Moodle site for online coursework. The Fall 2020 training session will be virtual, and it is anticipated that the Winter 2021 training session will be virtual as well. The training class schedule is as follows:

  • Fall 2020: Applications are due no later than September 11, 2020. This evening class meets for seven consecutive Thursdays, from October 1 to November 12, 2020, at 5:00-8:30 pm.
  • Winter 2021: Applications are due no later than December 14, 2020. This afternoon class meets for seven consecutive Thursdays, from January 14 to February 25, 2021, at
    1:00-4:30 pm.  

The topics you will learn about in training include:

  • CASA 101 Nuts & Bolts
  • CASA Reality Stories & Case Dynamics
  • CASA Role
  • Culturally Responsive Advocacy
  • Court Process
  • Court Etiquette
  • Court Reports
  • CRB and Other Meetings
  • Juvenile Court Hearings
  • Case Documents, Information Management
  • Interviewing
  • Professional Role Playing
  • Home Visiting
  • Safety Issues
  • DHS Overview
  • Foster Care
  • Child Abuse
  • Forensic Interviews
  • Children’s ‘Best Interests’ and Standards for Minimum Community Sufficient Level of Care
  • Attachment and Bonding
  • Early Child Development
  • IEPs, Resources for Children with Special Needs
  • Substance Abuse & Addictions
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Domestic Violence

For more information, please email [email protected]a-lane.org or call (541) 868-3083.