Info Sessions & Trainings

Information Sessions

Learn about becoming a CASA Volunteer Advocate or Mentor.

2017 Information Meeting Schedule

We welcome you to attend an Information Session to learn more about volunteering at CASA.

Information Sessions are held at the CASA office at noon on the 4th Wednesday of every month (excluding December) at:

CASA of San Luis Obispo County
75 Higuera St., #180
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
805-541-6542 / staff@slocasa.org

Information Sessions are also held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm at select Starbucks locations:

Las sesiones de informacion se llevara a cabo el segundo miércoles de cada mes en las localidades de Starbucks:

2017 Starbucks Info Sessions

January 11 – Los Osos, 1230 Los Ososo Valley Road

February 8 – Atascadero, 7135 El Camino Real

March 8 – Paso Robles, 2301 Theater Drive

April 12 – San Luis Obispo, 3970 Broad Street

May 10 – Nipomo, 581 W. Tefft Street

June 14 – San Luis Obispo 3971 S. Higuera

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.

2017 Advocate/Mentor Training Schedule

* There are 30 hours of training required in order to be sworn in as a CASA Advocate or Mentor. Half of the 30 hour requirement will be completed in on-line training, and half completed in person.

January/February Class – San Luis Obispo (CASA office)
In-person training sessions will be held on six consecutive Wednesday nights: 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22 and 3/1 from 6 pm to 9 pm.

March thru May Class – North County (Paso Robles Emergency Operations Center)

In-person training sessions will be held on six consecutive Wednesday nights: 3/29, 4/5, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26 and 5/3 from 6 pm to 9 pm.

June thru July Class – San Luis Obispo (CASA office)
In-person training sessions will be held on six consecutive Wednesday nights: 5/31, 6/7, 6/14, 6/21, 6/28 and 7/5 from 6 pm to 9 pm.

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

In-person training sessions will be held on six consecutive Wednesday nights: 8/9, 8/16, 8/23, 8/30, 9/6 and 9/13 from 6 pm to 9 pm.

October/November Class – North County (location to be determined)
In-person training sessions will be held on six consecutive Monday nights: 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13 and 11/20 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 - $17
    • 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.