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"The constant thought that runs through my head is that, although we can’t change a child’s past, we can change their future. We can show them that adults can be trusted and remind them that they aren’t to blame for what happened to them. And we can teach them that someone cares about each of them.”

~ Sandra S, Dallas CASA volunteer since 2002

Training & Supervision

Training

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.

2019 Training Schedule

May/June Evening Training 
Application deadline is May 7

Tuesday May 21 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Thursday May 23 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday May 28 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Thursday May 30 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Monday June 3 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Thursday June 6 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Monday June 10 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday June 12 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Swearing-In Ceremony: Friday, June 21


June/July Evening Training 
Application deadline is June 4

Tuesday June 18 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Thursday June 20 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Monday June 24 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Thursday June 27 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday July 9 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Thursday July 11 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Monday July 15 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday July 17 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Swearing-In Ceremony: Friday, July 26


July / August Evening Training 
Application deadline is July 16

Tuesday July 30 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Thursday August 1 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday August 6 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Thursday August 8 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday August 13 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Thursday August 15 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday August 20 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Thursday August 22 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Swearing-In Ceremony: Thursday, August 29

Supervision

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.

Continuing Education
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 will provide recommendations and information about conferences, seminars and lectures in the Dallas area. Learn more.