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.


JUNE 2023 Training Schedule:

JUNE 3rd – JUNE 15th 

In-Person Training

Saturday, June 3rd
9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Logistics and Housekeeping

Basic CASA Responsibilities


Best Interest Principle

Laws Pertaining to CASA

CASA History

Introduction to Optima

Cultural Competency and Diversity

Tuesday, June 6th
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

All About Trauma


Developing Rapport with CASA Children

Verbal v. Nonverbal Communication

Thursday, June 8th
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Educational Advocacy

Saturday, June 10th
9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

What a CASA Can and Cannot Do

Court Reporting

Tuesday, June 13th
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Substance Abuse

Mental Health

Thursday, June 15th
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM



CASA Advocate Panel

Training Wrap Up

Upcoming 2023 Training Dates


7/29, 8/1, 8/3, 8/5, 8/8, 8/10


9/9, 9/12, 9/14, 9/16, 9/19, 9/21


10/26, 10/28, 11/1, 11/4, 11/7, 11/9

CASA of River Valley
3200 McDonough Street
Joliet, IL 60431


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