Info Sessions & Trainings

2018 Information Meeting Schedule

We welcome you to attend an Information Session to learn more about volunteering at CASA.

Please RSVP for the Info Sessions by calling (805) 541-6542 or emailing staff@slocasa.org.

Information Sessions are held at the CASA office at noon on the 4th Tuesday of every month (excluding December) at:

75 Higuera St., #180
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 541-6542 / staff@slocasa.org

  • September 25
  • October 23
  • November 27

Special Information Session will be held at the Starbucks Lounge Area at Albertsons at 10:00 AM:

  • September 26 - Morro Bay, 730 Quintana Road

Information Sessions are also held monthly at select Starbucks location on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 6:30 PM.

  • October 10 - Nipomo, 581 W. Tefft Street
  • November 14 - San Luis Obispo, 3970 Broad Street

BE THE DIFFERENCE… VOLUNTEER…SEA LA DIFERENCIA…SEA UN VOLUNTARIO

(Bilingual volunteers are especially needed!)

Proudly supported by your local Starbucks


Advocate & Mentor Training Information

Thank you for your interest in volunteering to become a Court Appointed Special Advocate or Mentor for CASA of San Luis Obispo County.

All SLO trainings will be held at the CASA office, located at 75 Higuera Street, Suite 180, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, unless otherwise specified. You will need to complete all 30 hours of training to be sworn in as a CASA Advocate or Mentor. You must complete an application and be interviewed before beginning the training. See below for more information on the training process.

2018 Advocate/Mentor Training Schedule

* There are 30 hours of training required in order to be sworn in as a CASA Advocate or Mentor. Half of the 30 hour requirement will be completed in on-line training, and half completed in person.

August/September Class – San Luis Obispo (CASA office) In-person training sessions will be held on six consecutive Wednesday nights 8/8/18 thru 9/12/18 from 6 PM to 9 PM. An optional additional class will be offered September 19, 2018 from 6 PM to 9 PM and continuing education will apply.

October/November Class – North County (Morro Road Education Center- 8005 Morro Rd (Hwy 41), Atascadero CA)
In-person training sessions will be held on six consecutive Tuesday nights beginning 10/16 thru 11/20 from 6 PM to 9 PM. An optional additional class will be offered November 27, 2018 from 6 PM to 9 PM and continuing education will apply.

The Advocate & Mentor Training Process

CASA volunteer advocates are the only volunteers appointed by a judge and empowered to stand up for an abused or neglected child. We ask each volunteer to make a 12-month commitment, or serve until a permanent plan for the child's care has been implemented. CASA Mentors are appointed by the CASA program and must make a one year commitment to serve a youth over 18.

We encourage you to attend an information session to learn more about the role of a CASA advocate or mentor. Learn about our information sessions below.

If you have determined you would like to apply to become a CASA volunteer advocate or mentor, click here to download an application.

Upon receiving your completed application, a CASA staff member will contact you with further information and to schedule an intake interview. If your interview is successful, you will then need to submit to fingerprinting and background checks. At that time, you will be able to begin the training process. Please view the Training Schedule shown above for upcoming dates and times. All training will be held at the CASA office, located at 75 Higuera Suite 180, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, unless otherwise specified.

  • The initial CASA volunteer training is thirty hours. Classes are held in San Luis Obispo and North County.
  • CASA volunteer advocates are required to complete a minimum of 12 hours per year of continuing education after completing the initial training requirement.
  • The training curriculum covers the following topic areas:
    • Child Development and Family Systems
    • Dynamics of Child Abuse and Neglect
    • Role of Law Enforcement, Child Welfare Agency, Juvenile Court
    • Dependency Law and Procedure
    • Ethics, Confidentiality of Information, and Mandated Reporting
    • Community Resources for Children
    • Cross-Cultural Issues
    • Roles and Responsibilities of a CASA Advocate
    • Investigation, Interviewing, Report Writing
    • Advocacy
  • Fees associated with becoming a CASA advocate or mentor include:
    • Fingerprinting - $20
    • Administrative fee to help CASA offset the cost of screening and training - $75
    • DMV Records - $5

Scholarship funding is available to assist in covering these costs.Click here to contact the CASA office for more information.