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 training class schedule is as follows:

Fall 2021: Applications were due no later than September 8, 2021. This evening class will meet for seven consecutive Wednesdays,  September 29 – November 10 from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Winter 2022: Applications will be due no later than December 30, 2021. This evening class will meet virtually for seven consecutive Thursdays, January 20 to March 3, 2022, from 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 or call (541) 868-3083.