Info Sessions & Trainings
2019 Information Meeting Schedule
We welcome you to attend an Information Session to learn more about volunteering at CASA.
Please RSVP by calling our office at (805) 541-6542 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 26, 1 pm, – CASA Office, 75 Higuera Street, Suite 180, San Luis Obispo
April 10, 6:30 pm– Starbucks, 3971 S. Higuera Street, San Luis Obispo
April 23, 1 pm – CASA Office, 75 Higuera Street, Suite 180, San Luis Obispo
April 24, 6:30 pm – Starbucks, 924 W. Branch, Arroyo Grande
May 8, 6:30 pm – Starbucks, 581 W. Tefft Street, Nipomo
May 28, 1 pm – CASA Office, 75 Higuera Street, Suite 180, San Luis Obispo
June 12, 6:30 pm – Starbucks, 3971 S. Higuera Street, San Luis Obispo
June 25, 1 pm – CASA Office, 75 Higuera Street, Suite 180, San Luis Obispo
BE THE DIFFERENCE… VOLUNTEER…SEA LA DIFERENCIA…SEA UN VOLUNTARIO
(Bilingual volunteers are especially needed!)
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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. Prior to beginning training, we require an application and interview.
CASA provides the training required in order to be sworn in as a CASA Advocate or Mentor. Trainings are held in San Luis Obispo and in North County. You will need to complete all 36 hours of training prior to being sworn in. Some of these hours are completed online.
2019 Training Schedule
March - May Class – North County (Morro Road Education Center)
In-person training sessions will be held on seven consecutive Wednesday nights beginning 3/27/19 thru 5/8/19 from 6 pm to 9 pm.
June - July Class – San Luis Obispo (Call for location)
In-person training sessions will be held on seven consecutive Tuesday nights beginning 6/4/19 thru 7/16/19 from 6 pm to 9 pm.
August - September Class – San Luis Obispo (Call for location)
In-person training sessions will be held on seven consecutive Wednesday nights 8/7/19 thru 9/18/19 from 6 pm to 9 pm.
October - November Class – North County (Morro Road Education Center)
In-person training sessions will be held on seven consecutive Tuesday nights beginning 10/15/19 thru 11/26/19 from 6 pm to 9 pm.
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.
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 36 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
- 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.