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.
At this time, we are opening up our application process for the next training session. Please note that the training session will include in-person classes and may be limited in order to comply with any COVID guidelines. The training format will also require the completion of online courses.
The dates for the session are:
Friday February 25, 2022: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Friday March 4, 2022: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Friday March 11, 2022: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Friday March 18, 2022: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Friday March 25, 2022: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Additionally, attendance at ONE court observation date (via Zoom) is required:
Tuesday, March 15, 2022 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, March 22, 2022 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
To be accepted into training, you must complete an application and participate in an interview. Due to a limited number of available spots and the large number of individuals who have expressed interest, we ask that you carefully consider whether you can make the commitment at this time and, if so, submit the application by January 21, 2022.
For the Advocate Role Description, click here.
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
To complete the online application, click here
Further questions about becoming an advocate can be directed to Kathie Paravola, Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org