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.


The dates for our next training session are set forth below. Please note the additional requirements to become an advocate as well.  We will begin accepting online applications for this session on December 10, 2022.

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 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


Further questions about becoming an advocate can be directed to Kathie Paravola, Program Director, at kathiep@dupagecasa.org