What training does a CASA volunteer receive?

CASA volunteers undergo a thorough training course conducted by the local CASA Program. Training requirements vary from program to program, but Cumberland County CASA offers 40+ hours of training. Volunteers learn about courtroom procedure from the principals in the system—from judges, lawyers, social workers, court personnel, and others. CASA volunteers also learn effective advocacy techniques for children, and are educated about specific topics ranging from child sexual abuse to early childhood development and adolescent behavior. Volunteer trainees also observe dependency court proceedings.  In addition to the initial training volunteers receive, they are also expected to complete 12 hours of in-service training annually.

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1. What is a CASA volunteer?
2. What training does a CASA volunteer receive?
3. What responsibilities does a volunteer have as a CASA?
4. How does a CASA volunteer gather information on a case?
5. How does a CASA volunteer differ from a caseworker?
6. How does a CASA volunteer differ from an attorney?
7. Is there a "typical" CASA volunteer?
8. How does the CASA volunteer relate to the child?
9. Do lawyers, judges and social workers support CASA?
10. How effective have CASA programs been?
11. How much time does it require?
12. How long does a CASA volunteer remain involved with a case?
13. What children are assigned CASA volunteers?