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.  In order to become a CASA advocate, you must complete approximately 30 hours of training and court observation. Training sessions are held at the discretion of CASA based upon current volunteer needs.

New Training Session Fall 2020!

The application period is now closed. Applications received will be processed and interviews scheduled beginning September 14, 2020; applicants will be notified of their acceptance into the training program by October 9, 2020.

The training format requires the completion of approximately 6-8 hours of online courses/homework and attendance at group class sessions held via Zoom as follows:

Wednesday, October 21:      6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  (Orientation)
Friday, October 23:               9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, October 28:      6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Friday, October 30:               9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, November 4:    6:00 – 8:00 p.m. 
Friday, November 6:             9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Friday, November 13:           9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Participants are expected to devote the specified time frame to the training session as if attending in person.

There is a $50.00 training fee to cover costs associated with training, payable upon acceptance into the training session.

You must be able to attend all training dates.  Additionally, please note that you will be required to complete a full background check in order to participate in the training session.  To download the training session information, click here.

If you were not able to apply for this session but would like to be considered for future training sessions, please join our Network of Hope and we will keep you apprised of future trainings!

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