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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 be at least 21 years of age, 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.

Click here for the Advocate Role Description


If you would like to be considered for our program, please join our email list and we will keep you apprised of the next training dates and application process.  

General Advocate Pre-Service Training Requirements

  • Attendance at all training session classes (30 hours combined classroom and online course work)
  • Completion of all online courses/homework
  • Attendance at ONE court observation date
  • Completion of DCFS Background Check

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