CASA volunteers receive 40 hours of training from CASA over an 8-week period. (The 40 hours of training are a combination of in-class sessions and out-of-class “homework.”) 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 training class schedule is as follows:

Summer 2022:  Applications are due no later than June 20, 2022.  This training session runs from July 13 to August 31, 2022.  It will meet on Zoom once a week (Wednesdays) for a 3½-hour class. (5:00 to 8:30 p.m.)

Fall 2022:  Applications are due no later than Sept. 6, 2022.  This training session runs from September 29 to November 17, 2022.  It will meet on Zoom once a week (Thursdays) for a 3½-hour class. (5:00 to 8:30 p.m.)

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] or call (541) 868-3083.