What training does a CASA volunteer receive?

CASA volunteers undergo a thorough training process conducted by the local CASA program. Locally, volunteers receive 35 hours of training offered by a variety of professionals who contribute their training services to the program. Training topics include: Introduction to the Child Welfare System, Juvenile Court System, Child Development, Cultural Competence, Effective Communication, Sexual Victimization and Perpetration, and an ongoing emphasis on the roles and responsibilities of the CASA volunteer. Additionally, the local program follows the National CASA Association Volunteer Training Curriculum.

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1. What is a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)?
2. Are CASA Programs Known By Other Names?
3. What is the CASA volunteer's role?
4. How does a CASA volunteer investigate a case?
5. How does a CASA volunteer differ from a Department of Child Services Family Case Manager?
6. How does the role of a CASA volunteer differ from an attorney?
7. Who is the "typical" CASA volunteer?
8. Can anyone be a CASA volunteer?
9. What training does a CASA volunteer receive?
10. How does the CASA volunteer relate to the child he or she represents?
11. How many cases on average does a CASA volunteer carry at a time?
12. Do lawyers, judges, and social workers support CASA?
13. How many CASA Programs are there nationally?
14. How effective are CASA Programs?
15. How much time does a case require?
16. How long does a CASA volunteer remain involved with a case?
17. Are there any other agencies or groups which provide the same service?
18. What is the role of the National CASA Association?
19. How is the program regarded locally?