Dallas CASA thoroughly trains its volunteers to be the best possible advocates for abused and neglected children. Our volunteers complete a 30-hour training program which covers topics such as Dynamics of Child Abuse and Neglect, Advocate Responsibilities, Family Violence, Cultural Competence, Permanency Planning, Accessing Services and Court Proceedings. All classes must be completed for a volunteer to graduate and be sworn in by the court as a CASA volunteer.
Volunteer trainees are advised to complete the training classes consecutively and in one training session, however, we realize this is not always possible for everyone’s schedules. A trainee is asked to attend the first two training classes consecutively, then if classes are missed afterward, make-up classes can be scheduled with the training manager. If schedules accommodate, 1-2 classes can be made up before the class swearing in ceremony. If more classes are needed, trainees can take classes in more than one training session until all classes are completed.
Until our offices reopen and we are able to provide in-person training, we will offer the training classes online through LearnUpon plus independent study pre-work for each online class. Instructions for access will be sent to trainees with their acceptance confirmations.
2021 Training Schedule
June Evening Training
Application deadline is Wednesday, May 17
Orientation: Wednesday, May 26, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
|Chapter 1||Tuesday, June 1||5:00 – 6:00 p.m.|
|Chapter 2||Thursday, June 3||5:00 – 6:00 p.m.|
|Chapter 3||Monday, June 7||5:00 – 6:00 p.m.|
|Chapter 4||Thursday, June 10||5:00 – 6:00 p.m.|
|Chapter 5||Monday, June 14||5:00 – 6:00 p.m.|
|Chapter 6||Thursday, June 17||5:00 – 6:00 p.m.|
|Chapter 7||Monday, June 21||5:00 – 6:00 p.m.|
|Chapter 8||Thursday, June 24||5:00 – 6:00 p.m.|
Swearing-In Ceremony: Friday, July 9, 2021
August Evening Training
Application deadline is July 7
Orientation: Wednesday, July 21, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
|Chapter 1||Monday, July 26||5:00 – 6:00 p.m.|
|Chapter 2||Thursday, July 29||5:00 – 6:00 p.m.|
|Chapter 3||Monday, August 2||5:00 – 6:00 p.m.|
|Chapter 4||Thursday, August 5||5:00 – 6:00 p.m.|
|Chapter 5||Monday, August 9||5:00 – 6:00 p.m.|
|Chapter 6||Thursday, August 12||5:00 – 6:00 p.m.|
|Chapter 7||Monday, August 16||5:00 – 6:00 p.m.|
|Chapter 8||Thursday, August 19||5:00 – 6:00 p.m.|
Swearing-In Ceremony: Friday, August 27, 2021
October Day Training
Application deadline is September 8
Orientation: Wednesday, September 22, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
|Chapter 1||Tuesday, September 28||10:00 – 11:00 a.m.|
|Chapter 2||Friday, October 1||10:00 – 11:00 a.m.|
|Chapter 3||Tuesday, October 5||10:00 – 11:00 a.m.|
|Chapter 4||Friday, October 8||10:00 – 11:00 a.m.|
|Chapter 5||Tuesday, October 12||10:00 – 11:00 a.m.|
|Chapter 6||Friday, October 15||10:00 – 11:00 a.m.|
|Chapter 7||Tuesday, October 19||10:00 – 11:00 a.m.|
|Chapter 8||Friday, October 22||10:00 – 11:00 a.m.|
Swearing-In Ceremony: Friday, October 29, 2021
After completing training, Dallas CASA volunteers are teamed with a CASA staff supervisor. On average, our supervisors each have more than 15 years of experience in child welfare or a related field. Supervisors provide support and guidance to volunteers throughout their cases and are always present during court hearings.
In order to keep current with issues that relate to the volunteer role, our volunteers are required to complete 12 hours of continuing education per year. There are various ways to accumulate continuing education hours. We provide recommendations and information about classes, webinars, podcasts, documentaries, books, conferences and lectures available online or in the Dallas area. Learn more.