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 36 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, 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.
Thursday, March 19 Tuesday, April 28
Tuesday, March 24 Thursday, April 30
Thursday, March 26 Tuesday, May 5
Tuesday, March 31 Thursday, May 7
Thursday, April 2 Tuesday, May 12
Tuesday, April 7 Thursday, May 14
Thursday, April 9 Tuesday, May 19
Tuesday, April 14 Thursday, May 21
Thursday, April 16 Tuesday, May 26

Schedules may change based on speaker availability

Before swearing in, applicants will also be required to:

  • attend a Dependency Court session
  • attend a Case Review session