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.


Noon to 4 p.m.

6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Noon to 4 p.m.

Tuesday, November 6 Tuesday, January 8 Monday, February 11
Thursday, November 8 Thursday, January 10  Thursday, February 14
Friday, November 9 Tuesday, January 15  Tuesday, February 19
Tuesday, November 13 Thursday, January 17  Thursday, February 21
Thursday, November 15 Tuesday, January 22  Tuesday, February 26
Tuesday, November 27 Thursday, January 24  Thursday, February 28
Thursday, November 29 Monday, January 29 Tuesday, March 5
Friday, November 30 Thursday, January 31  Thursday, March 7

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