Open house is held at the CASA office at 2356 Myrtle Ave. in Eureka. This is a time to meet the staff and find out in detail what the training program entails and what it is like to become an advocate. You will also find out all of the other ways you can volunteer at CASA. Bring your questions and we will provide the answers.
2017 Training Schedule
January 19th -February 23rd Thursday Daytime 10:00 am-1:00 pm
April 19th - May 24th Wednesday evenings 6:00-9:00 pm
July 24th - August 10th Monday and Thursday evenings 6:00-9:00 pm (Three week session)
October 11th - November 15th Wednesday evenings 6:00-9:00 pm
Volunteers attend 30 hours of training covering areas such as: child abuse and neglect, court room procedures, court report writing, interviewing and fact-finding, substance abuse, child development, cultural awareness, child welfare law, and other topics that involve child welfare. There are also opportunities to speak with current CASA volunteers. During training, volunteers have the opportunity to visit court and are expected to write a draft court report. After volunteers complete the training, a district judge will swear them in as officers of the court, which is the first step to being appointed as an advocate.
After being appointed to a case, volunteers continue to participate in continuing education trainings. These are offered monthly through the CASA office. Volunteers are expected to complete 12 hours of continuing education a year, which can include those provided by CASA as well as other trainings in the community.
CASA trainings are currently offered four times a year. Two of our trainings occur on Wednesday evenings, 6-9 pm, for 5 weeks, One of the trainings is scheduled for Monday and Thursday evenings for 3 weeks, and we are offering a daytime training this winter on Thursdays from 10:00 - 1:00 for five weeks.
These trainings require 15 hours of online coursework. The online coursework needs to be completed weekly by noon on the Monday after each class for the five week sessions, and within two days after class for the three week session, as the online component is interactive.