Volunteer Initial Training
Volunteer Initial Training is an extensive program that educates new CASA volunteers about the children and youth in foster care in Contra Costa County. It includes 40 hours of in-class instruction to ensure that our volunteers are able to provide quality advocacy to the children and youth we serve.
Experts such as judges, lawyers, social workers and school district personnel, therapists and experienced CASA volunteers lead our training. Topics include the juvenile dependency system, juvenile rights, Children and Family Services, child development and trauma, educational advocacy, domestic violence and cultural sensitivity. Volunteers are provided with the tools they need to advocate for children and youth who have experienced abuse, neglect, and the trauma of being removed from their families. Our volunteers report that training is both an eye-opening and a personal growth experience.
|JULY - AUGUST DAY SESSION
Noon to 4 p.m.
|AUGUST NIGHT SESSION
6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
|Tuesday, July 9||Monday, August 5|
|Thursday, July 11||Wednesday, August 7|
|Tuesday, July 16||Monday, August 12|
|Thursday, July 18||Wednesday, August 14|
|Tuesday, July 23||Monday, August 19|
|Thursday, July 25||Wednesday, August 21|
|Tuesday, July 30||Monday, August 26|
|Thursday, August 1||Wednesday, August 28|
Schedules may change based on speaker availability
Before swearing in, applicants will also be required to:
- complete three self-study classes
- attend a Dependency Court session
- attend a Case Review session