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.
The application process for our fall training session is closed. Our next training session will be in Spring 2022. 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, one court observation date will be required on a Tuesday morning. Available dates will be determined.
If you would like to be notified when the application process opens for the next session, please click here and complete the form and we will keep you apprised.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org