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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?

Thank you for your interest in the Advocate Training Program.  To be accepted into the training program, you must complete an application and participate in an interview.  In order to become a CASA, you must complete approximately 30 hours of training and court observation, and pass a DCFS background check. Training sessions are held at the discretion of CASA based upon current volunteer needs.

For the Advocate Role Description, click here.

Applications

Requirements and dates for our next training session are below.  The application process for our Spring 2023 training session has closed, but If you would like to be considered, please complete the application here and we will contact you if there are openings.

General Advocate Pre-Service Training Requirements

  • Attendance at all training session classes
  • Completion of approximately 10 hours of online courses/homework
  • Attendance at ONE court observation date
  • Completion of DCFS Background Check
  • Payment of $50.00 training fee

 

Spring 2023 Pre-Service Training Dates:

Friday, February 17, 2023:                    9:00 – 12:00 p.m.

Friday, February 24, 2023:                    9:00 – 12:00 p.m.

Friday, March 3, 2023:                          9:00 – 12:00 p.m.

Friday, March 10, 2023:                        9:00 – 12:00 p.m.

Friday, March 17, 2023:                        9:00 – 12:00 p.m.

Friday, March 24, 2023:                        9:00 – 12:00 p.m.

 

General Advocate Pre-Service Training Requirements

  • Attendance at approximately 6 in-person training session classes (3 hours each)
  • Completion of approximately 10 hours of online courses/homework
  • Attendance at ONE court observation date
  • Completion of DCFS Background Check
  • Payment of $50.00 training fee

If you are interested in being considered for our next training session, please join our email list and you will be notified of future trainings: Join

Further questions about becoming an advocate can be directed to Kathie Paravola, Program Director, at [email protected]