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 CASA, 174 Deadmond Ferry Road, Springfield, OR 97477 or email it to [email protected]. We 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:
- 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.
- Winter 2020: Classes starting Thursday Jan 23nd, ending Mar 19th @ 1:00-4:30pm One Saturday class, February 8th from 9:00am-4:00pm Mock Court, Thursday Mar 12th @5:00-8:30pm at Serbu
- Spring 2020: Class 1: Thursday April 9th @10:30-1:30pm Class 2-10: Thursday evenings from 5:00-8:30pm, Apr 16th-June 18th Mock Court: Thursday June 11th at Serbu at 5:00pm.
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 [email protected] or call (541) 868-3083.