CASA Advocate training is on a flex schedule where you will complete some training online as well as in class. Scroll to bottom for forms & more information.
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As a child advocate, the CASA volunteer has four main responsibilities:
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Partner Advocate Training
Partner Advocates will be able to participate in all events, assist in the office and will also be able to accompany trained volunteer advocates on home visits but will not be allowed to manage a case. You will have to undergo confidentiality training, security training, a fingerprint background check and other training to qualify as a Partner Advocate. Once the 2 hour training has been completed, you will also be sworn in by one of the family court judges at one of CASA’s already scheduled volunteer ceremonies.
Contact our office for more information at 409-832-2272, or email our CASA Trainer, Liz Woods, directly with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
sometimes understand the obstacles and adversities the parents, children, CPS, and the courts face on a daily basis. I find that maintaining focus on the children and celebrating each life changing victory for a child more than compensates for the "learning curve." The hours are flexible; and the support and training resources are top-notch. I would encourage anyone with a heart for children who is not easily discouraged with the systems or these children's circumstances would find this truly one of the most rewarding experiences they could have.
As a CASA volunteer, you will be given support guidance, tools, and training from professionals in the field to help you understand and work effectively within the child welfare system. You will develop communication techniques and cultural competency skills, and receive relevant child development training.
After working at the Health and Human Services Commission, for thirty years plus; I have a long term relationship with the challenges faced by children, the elderly, and disabled. I had heard about CASA from my mother who was a family therapist, and the "Travis County (Austin) Volunteer of the Year." I was having difficulty making the transition between work and retirement and thought maybe that with my legal and agency background would make CASA a good fit. My experience has been challenging. It is difficult to accept and
Once you are sworn in as a child advocate by a judge, you will be given constant support and guidance by professional staff as you search for information on what is in the child's best interest. You will get to know your CASA child and visit them regularly. You will review their case, gather new data and become familiar with the child's background. Then you will develop a report that is shared in the courtroom. Your recommendations will be considered by the judge when making decisions regarding the child.
Being a CASA Volunteer means you:
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