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 training calendar to find a date that fits your schedule and apply today.

August Training Schedule:

August 22nd – September 3rd

Joliet, IL

Saturday, August 22nd
10 AM – 3 PM

Welcome / Introductions
Juvenile Law
CASA Overview

Tuesday, August 25th
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Cycle of Abuse
The Impact of Trauma on Childhood Development
Vicarious Trauma and Self-Care

Thursday, August 27th
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

What to do Before, During and After You Meet Your Child
Verbal vs Nonverbal Communication
Saying the Right Thing vs Doing the Right Thing
Developing Rapport/Gaining Trust

Saturday, August 29th
10 AM – 3 PM

Cultural Competency
Gathering Information
Writing the Court Report

Tuesday, September 1st
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

The Impact of Substance Abuse
Mental Illness Awareness
Continuing Education Units

Thursday, September 3rd
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM


CASA Advocate Panel
Tour of River Valley

Funding for this project has been provided in part by the County through the use of Community Development Block Grant funds made available by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

2020 Training Dates


22, 25, 27, 29, 1, 3


17, 20, 21, 24, 27, 28

CASA of River Valley
3200 McDonough Street
Joliet, IL 60431


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