Thank you for being willing to volunteer with CASA of McLennan County. After your application is approved by the Director of Volunteers, you will be asked to schedule a pre-training interview with the Director of Volunteers, who will talk over next steps with you at that time. This pre-training interview is an essential first step to becoming a CASA advocate. If you haven’t yet submitted your application or begun this process, please click here to contact us.
As a prospective volunteer, your training is a mix of self-paced reading and in-person classroom sessions. Our Director of Volunteers will inform you of training dates and timeline during your pre-training interview, as well as give you a Training Verification Sheet where you should sign and date each training item as you complete them. This completed sheet must be turned in at the end of your self-paced training.
Next, you must work through the Volunteer Manual. If you would like a printed version of the Volunteer Manual, the Director of Volunteers will offer it to you at your pre-training interview. Another option is to download the CASA Volunteer Manual in PDF format. Alternatively, you can view/read in PDF or work through each chapter in an interactive online format by clicking here.
Each chapter of the Volunteer Manual may reference certain online activities or resources. Those can be found, per chapter, by clicking here.
After completing each chapter of the Volunteer Manual in your desired format, submit each chapter’s assessment form online by clicking the links below. Your answers will be sent automatically to the Director of Volunteers. Make sure you turn in your Training Verification Sheet to the Director of Volunteers at the time you have your final post training interview.
- Chapter 1 – The CASA/GAL Volunteer Role
- Chapter 2 – The Well-Being of the Child
- Chapter 3 – Trauma, Resilience and Communication Skills
- Chapter 4 – Mental Health, Poverty and Confidentiality
- Chapter 5 – Substance Abuse, Diversity and Disproportionality
- Chapter 6 – Domestic Violence, Bias and Cultural Competence
- Chapter 7 – Educational Advocacy, Older Youth and LGBTQ Youth
- Chapter 8 – Moving Forward As An Advocate
Please reach out to our Director of Volunteers, Rolanda Burns, with any questions as you complete your training. She may be reached at 254-304-7982, or email@example.com. We are grateful you have chosen to become a CASA volunteer.