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.


Volunteer Initial Training Sessions


Noon to 4 p.m.

6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Noon to 4 p.m.

6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Monday, April 9 Tuesday, May 1 Monday, June 18, 2018 Tuesday, July 31
Tuesday, April 10 Thursday, May 3 Tuesday, June 19 Thursday, August 2
Thursday, April 12 Tuesday, May 8 Thursday, June 21 Tuesday, August 7
Tuesday, April 17 Thursday, May 10 Tuesday, June 26 Thursday, August 9
Thursday, April 19 Tuesday, May 15 Thursday, June 28 Tuesday, August 14
Monday, April 23 Thursday, May 17 Monday, July 9 Thursday, August 16
Tuesday, April 24 Tuesday, May 22 Wednesday, July 11 Tuesday, August 21
Thursday, April 26 Thursday, May 24 Thursday, July 12 Thursday, August 23

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