Each CASA volunteer must complete a comprehensive training program. We offer several training sessions throughout the year to accommodate our volunteers.
Most training occurs in our Worcester offices at 100 Grove Street. However, we occasionally offer training sessions at alternate sites near the juvenile courts we service in Leominster, Fitchburg, Milford, and Dudley.
Training is conducted by The CASA Project staff and covers the following topics:
- the Roles and Responsibilities of CASA
- the Court System
- the Department of Children and Families
- case building
- report writing
- understanding the children we serve
In addition, veteran volunteers participate in a CASA panel, answering questions and describing actual case experiences.
Each volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian ad litem (CASA/GAL) is assigned a Case Supervisor who provides assistance and guidance throughout the life of the case.
All administrative assistance is provided by the CASA office.
Our next training is in April. See training schedule below: Training Schedule
Our next training is in April (or possibly March, see below). We will be offering morning and afternoon sessions to suit your schedule. Dates are as follows:
April 22, 23, 24, 25 4 pm -8 pm (Sessions 1, 2, 3, and 4 all in the afternoon/evening)
April 29, 30, May 1, May 2 9 am – 1 pm (Sessions, 1, 2, 3, and 4 all in the morning)
May 2 – 1:00 p.m. optional swearing in ceremony at courthouse
New volunteers must attend each of the 4 sessions. Training is held at our offices, 100 Grove Street Worcester. Free parking is provided.
If you are unable to attend the weekday sessions, please inquire about our Saturday March 16 and 23 sessions from 9-5:00 p.m. Both 8 hour classes are required.
If you would like to attend the training sessions, or if you have questions, please contact Doug Stark at 508-757-9877 ext. 106, or e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’d love to have you!