What is a CASA Advocate?
Becoming an Advocate
Other Ways to Help



“As a foster child you don't know the face of consistency - because everything is always changing. My CASA Volunteer was the only thing that didn't change...She was the only consistent face I saw and she remains in my life to this day.”

Former foster youth

Becoming an Advocate

How can I become a CASA?

In order to become a CASA advocate, you must complete 30 hours of classroom training and 3 hours of court observation. Two training sessions are held annually, a spring session in March and a fall session in September.  Applications to be an Advocate will be accepted and considered as set forth below.   Modifications to the application process may be made at the discretion of CASA of DuPage County, Inc.

Spring Training Session:

Applications for the Spring/March session will be accepted from September 15 to November 15.  Submitted applications will be reviewed and considered beginning November 15 and applicants will be notified if accepted into the training program by January 31.

Fall Training Session:

Applications for the Fall/September session will be accepted from March 15 to May 15.  Submitted applications will be reviewed and considered beginning May 15 and applicants will be notified if accepted into the training program by July 31.

If you are interested in being considered for the advocate program, please complete the online application during the open period. Questions about becoming an advocate can be directed to Kathie Paravola, Program Administrator, at 630-221-0889 x306.

September 2018 Training Dates

Attendance is required at all following dates*:
Thursday, September 6:       6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 8:         9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 13:     6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Monday, September 17:       6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 20:     6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 27:     6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Attendance at one court observation date is required**:
Tuesday, September 18th from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, September 25th from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

*The classroom training will be held at:
 Rev3 Innovation Center
 1120 East Diehl Road, Naperville
(Northern Illinois University Conference Center)

 **Court observation will be held at:
 DuPage County Courthouse
 505 N. County Farm Rd., Wheaton