CASA volunteers receive 40 hours of training at CASA over a 10-week training 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 three times each year (fall, winter & spring) with limited class sizes.
Prerequisite: Application process must be completed and approved, which can take several weeks. Click here to view the full application process. We are currently accepting applications on a rolling admissions basis. There are some preliminary screening steps before a formal application can be completed, so please begin the application process early. The process includes a written application, in-person interview, background check and personal references. The first step is to return a signed Screening Agreement to Robben Lyons, Volunteer Coordinator, CASA, 174 Deadmond Ferry Road, Springfield, OR 97477. Robben will then contact you regarding the next steps of the application process.
The training class schedule for classes held at the CASA office (174 Deadmond Ferry Road, Springfield) is as follows:
- Spring 2019: Applications are due March 10th. Orientation is Thursday, April 11th from 10:30am-1:00pm. Class is consecutive Thursdays from April 18th-June 20th, 5:00-8:30pm.
- Summer 2019: Applications are due June 11th. Orientation is Thursday, July 11th from 9am to 12:30pm. Class is consecutive Thursdays from July 18th to August 22nd.
- Fall 2019: Applications are due August 14th. Orientation is Wednesday, September 11th from 10:30am to 1:00pm. Class is consecutive Wednesdays from September 18th to November 6th. One Saturday class, October 5th from 9:00am to 4:00pm.
We have a tele-training option for volunteers outside of Eugene/Springfield metro! Please ask about this option when applying.
The topics you will learn about in training include:
- CASA 101 Nuts & Bolts
- CASA Reality Stories & Case Dynamics
- CASA Role
- Fundraising & CASA Messaging
- Culturally Responsive Advocacy
- Court Process
- Court Etiquette
- Court Reports
- CRB and Other Meetings
- Juvenile Court Hearings
- Case Documents, Information Management
- 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 Robben Lyons, Volunteer Coordinator, or call her at (541) 868-3083.