Volunteer Training

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Become the voice of a child in need with our comprehensive training program. Investing in 33 hours of training will give you the tools to advocate for an abused/neglected child while he or she navigates the foster care system.

After completing the training, you will know how to help our children and families overcome the circumstances that brought them into care such as substance abuse, domestic violence, mental health and more.

Scroll through the below calendar to find the training sessions that fit your schedule (all six classes within a session are mandatory) and apply today.


October / November 2023 Training Schedule:

October 26th – November 9th 

In-Person Training

Thursday, October 26th
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Logistics and Housekeeping

Basic CASA Responsibilities


Best Interest Principle

Laws Pertaining to CASA

CASA History

Introduction to Optima

Saturday, October 28th
9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

All About Trauma

Developing Rapport with CASA Children

Verbal v. Nonverbal Communication

Wednesday, November 1st
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Educational Advocacy

Ages and Stages


Saturday, November 4th
9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

What a CASA Can and Cannot Do

Court Reporting

Cultural Competency and Diversity

Tuesday, November 7th
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Substance Abuse

Mental Health

Thursday, November 9th
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM



Case Study Discussion

Training Wrap Up

Upcoming 2024 Training Dates



CASA of River Valley
3200 McDonough Street
Joliet, IL 60431


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