Court-Appointed Special Advocate
Training to become a court-appointed special advocate consists of 20 hours of classroom instruction plus 10 hours of independent study through CASA University for a total of 30 hours. Training takes place in person in our Visalia office, with course material taught by community partners and experts in a variety of child-focused instruction.
CASA of Tulare County offers two programs to meet your needs.
Held four times per year, our Traditional programs are spread over the course of five weeks, with classes meeting two evenings per week for two hours per session. Students in our south county communities can join the classes online or at our Porterville office.
New in 2023, our fast-track path to advocacy takes place over just four days, on back-to-back weekends. Each class is five hours and covers the exact same material that is covered in our Traditional programs.
Before going into training, however, it's important that you attend a Screening Interview. This time that you spend with a CASA Training Coordinator is important because we discuss our expectations as you begin this journey, the requirements to become a sworn advocate, and gauge the highly emotional and confidential experiences you may encounter as a CASA Volunteer.
The journey to becoming a court-appointed special advocate is both life changing and life affirming, because we know that the children we work with will benefit greatly from your friendship, your support and your time. Just as important, you will gain the personal satisfaction of helping a child today and making a difference for years to come.
Our 2023 Advocate Training Schedule appears below. We are sure you will find a class option that fits your busy lifestyle.