If you're interested in training to become a Piedmont CASA Volunteer, be sure to attend an Information Session first. Information Sessions are held the first Thursday of every month. Just before training, they are held weekly. You can see the Training Schedule on our "Volunteer" page.
CASA Volunteer training includes classroom instruction, independent study and courtroom observation. Training is conducted twice per year, once in the spring and once in the fall. Classroom sessions are lead by Piedmont CASA Supervisors.
Training topics include:
- Advocacy Skills
- Dynamics of Abuse ad Neglect
- Developmental Needs of Children
- Cultural Diversity
- Topics in Substance Abuse
- Medical Indicators of Abuse and Neglect
- Documentation & Report Writing
- Community Resources
- Role of a CASA Volunteer
- Role of the Attorney
- Role of the Social Worker
- Foster Care & Permanency Planning
- Abuse & Neglect Statutes
- Domestic Violence
- Information Gathering
- Court Procedures
Courtroom observation is an important training component, and when training is complete, the volunteer advocate is inducted by the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court Judge. Thereafter, twelve hours of in-service training must be completed annually.
Volunteer advocates are supervised and supported by the Piedmont CASA staff, primarily CASA supervisors. CASA supervisors assist the volunteers in planning investigations, gathering information, writing court reports and navigating the child welfare and legal system. The training program is designed to prepare the CASA to be the best advocate possible.
Training is necessary, intensive and tremendously rewarding. Volunteer advocates make real and meaningful differences in the lives of children they serve.