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Court Expectations - CASA Volunteers
Thank you for your interest in becoming a CASA volunteer! Full training is provided for all volunteers at three different times in the coming months

Thank you for your interest in becoming a CASA volunteer! Full training is provided for all volunteers at three different times in the coming months

Before you begin training you must:

  • Attend a CASA 101 Orientation
  • Contact Training Coordinator, Jennifer Rodger (jrodger.casa@gmail.com or 503-723-0521) to sign up for a training session and get information on completing your background check. **NOTE: If you have already attended a CASA 101 Orientation, please contact Jennifer regarding the background check, as we have recently changed our procedure regarding the background check process**
  • Be prepared to attend ALL classes for the particular session that you are signing up for.

In addition to attending all class sessions and passing the background checks, each trainee will be asked to:
  1. Attend 2 hours of Court Observation (you will attend one ‘field trip’ and one ‘one-on-one’ with a CASA Manager)
  2. Attend a CRB hearing (Citizen Review Board) *check with CASA office for dates and times
  3. Attend one Court Expectations Class (dates and time TBD). This class is offered quarterly and will be taught by one of our Juvenile Dependency Judges at the Clackamas County Courthouse.

CASA UNIVERSITY Winter 2015 - Spring 2016
CASA 101 Orientation, January-May
Location: 421 High Street, Suite 108, Oregon City
Join us once for a brief information session about what it means to be a CASA
prior to the training period you wish to attend
CASA 101 Wednesday 9/7/2016 6:00 – 7:00 pm
CASA 101 Wednesday 9/21/2016 6:00 – 7:00 pm
CASA 101 Wednesday 10/5/2016 6:00 – 7:00 pm
CASA 101 Wednesday 11/2/2016 6:00 – 7:00 pm
CASA 101 Wednesday 12/7/2016 6:00 – 7:00 pm
CASA 101 Wednesday 1/4/2017 6:00 – 7:00 pm
CASA 101 Wednesday 2/1/2017 6:00 – 7:00 pm
CASA 101 Wednesday 3/1/2017 6:00 – 7:00 pm
CASA 101 Wednesday 4/5/2017 6:00 – 7:00 pm
* * *
All classes and other requirements must be completed within 6 months.
Schedule is subject to change
Questions? Please call (503) 723-0521
Child Advocates, Inc.    421 High St., Suite 108, Oregon City
Classes / Description
CASA 101 - Orientation

Law, Child Protection, Courts
Juvenile court/dependency system and different types of hearings in Clackamas Oregon

Developing Cultural Competence
Understand the adverse effects of bias and discrimination. Learn to recognize own bias. Strive to increase cultural competence and sensitivity.

Understanding Families (1)
Understand strength-based approach to family and children. Identify risk factors associated with abuse and neglect. Understand how stress, mental illness and domestic violence impact families.

Understanding Families (2)
How substance abuse and poverty impact families and children. Why poverty is a risk factor for children. Why the "minimum sufficient level of care" standard is in the best interest of the child.

Understanding Children
Child development, attachment, separation and loss, permanence, resilience, importance of visits and bonding, a child's sense of time in order to advocate effectively for a child.

Court Expectations

Communicating as a CASA
Understand the importance of developing collaborative communication styles.  Understand the importance of listening.

Gathering Information
Learn how to gather information. Become familiar with parties and court documents.

Reporting & Monitoring
Community resources, recommendations, presentation of recommendations in court. Monitoring your case. Principles.

The CASA Volunteer Role
CASA Mission; Best Interest; Role of CASA in statutory authority and limitation of the role.

*Pulling It All Together
(To attend this class you must have completed a minimum of 6 classes, including CASA 101)

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