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September 2015
Monday 9/21 Role of a CASA (Ch.1) 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Thursday 9/24 Developing Cultural Competence (Ch.3) 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Wednesday 9/30 Understanding Families - I (Ch.4) 5:30 – 8:30 pm
October 2015
Thursday 10/1 Court Observation Field Trip *** 12:30 pm
Friday 10/2 Understanding Families - II (Ch. 5) 9:00 am - Noon
Tuesday 10/6 Understanding Children (Ch.6) 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Thursday 10/8 Introduction to Law, the Child Protection System & the Courts (Ch.2) 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Monday 10/12 Communicating as a CASA (Ch.7) 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Thursday 10/15 Gathering Information (Ch.8) 9:00 am - Noon
Tuesday 10/20 Reporting & Monitoring (Ch.9) 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Wednesday 10/28 Pulling It All Together (Ch.10) * 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Thursday 10/22 Court Observation Field Trip *** 8:30 am
Location TBD
* Before attending Pulling It All Together, you must have completed a minimum of 6 classes (not including CASA 101).
** Court Expectations class is 2 hours long, taught by our judge.
Trainees will be notified of the date and time as soon as scheduled.
*** Court Observation Field Trips can be counted towards your 4 hours of Court Observation, however it is not required. Please speak to one of the Managers if you have questions and would like to do Court Observation independently.
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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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