Are You Ready to Stand Up for a Child Who Needs You?
CASA of Central Virginia offers two types (soon to be three!) of training for potential volunteers:
The following topics are covered in all training formats:
- Understanding Child Abuse and Neglect
- Principles and Concepts that Guide CASA Volunteer Work
- The Development of Child Abuse and Neglect Laws
- Introduction of Child Protective Services and the Court Process
- Roles in the Juvenile Court Case
- Culture, Diversity, and Personal Values
- Understanding the Needs of Children
- Understanding Family Strengths and Culture
- How stress, Domestic Violence, substance abuse, mental illness and poverty impact families.
- Writing a Court Report
- Two Court Observations
Upon completion of the CASA pre-service training, each volunteer is required to complete 12 hours of continuing education/in-service training each year.
Don't forget to download the Spring Flex Learning Information
Volunteer Applications Accepted Now
Next Class Session Begins fall 2013
|Classroom training consists of 30-35 hours of classroom instruction from the National CASA training curriculum. The classroom training also incorporates presentations from social services workers, attorney/Judge, Clerk of court, and United Way 2-1-1 representative, as well as outside assignments.
||As a student of the Independent Study program, you complete most of the National CASA curriculum on your own time and meet with your instructor either one-on-one or in a group setting. CASA of Central VA requires at least 10 hours of in person instruction throughout your training. Two court observations and a court report project are also a requirement to complete the Independent Study Program.
||A third option for training incorporates 3 hours a week of on-line course work with 3 hours of classroom instruction over 5-6 weeks.