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.
Due to the Coronavirus situation, we are conducting Volunteer Initial Training sessions online. Because it’s more difficult to get to know our applicants in an online environment, we must limit our training class size. Currently our training sessions are filled until May 2021. Applicants accepted into training will be added to our waitlist and scheduling will be shared in the coming months.