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):

  • November 27, 2018

CASA of San Luis Obispo
75 Higuera St., Suite 180
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

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

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.

2019 Advocate/Mentor Training Schedule

*CASA provides the training required in order to be sworn in as a CASA Advocate or Mentor. Some of these hours will be completed in online training, with the balance completed in person. The online hours are flexible and happen between in-person sessions. Prior to beginning training, we require an application and interview. Thank you for your interest in serving children who have been abused or neglected in San Luis Obispo County.

January - February Class – San Luis Obispo (CASA office)
In-person training sessions will be held on seven consecutive Thursday nights beginning 1/24/19 thru 3/7/19 from 6 PM to 9 PM.

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.

May - July Class – San Luis Obispo (CASA office)
In-person training sessions will be held on seven consecutive Tuesday nights beginning 5/28/19 thru 7/9/19 from 6 PM to 9 PM.

August - September Class – San Luis Obispo (CASA office)

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. 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.