VOLUNTEER    ORIENTATION     TRAINING

VOLUNTEER
How Do I Get Started?

Below you will find what is needed to become a Court Appointed Special Advocate. Because the 8th Judicial District Court CASA Program aka (CASA Las Vegas Program) must ensure the safety of children, the process for volunteering is quite extensive, very thorough and comprehensive. Returning the application is only the first step toward becoming a volunteer.

The following steps are required to become a CASA volunteer in Clark County:

  1. Send us your Contact Information – Contact Information Submission
  2. Attend an Orientation Session n to learn more! –  Orientation Schedule
  3. Complete the online Volunteer Application –  Application Link
  4. Complete the supplemental background packet (This form must be submitted to CASA office)Packet Download
  5. Confirm fingerprinting appointment.  (Staff will contact you to set an appointment)
  6. Complete fingerprinting (There is no cost to you for fingerprinting)
  7. Complete an Interview at the CASA office (45-60 minutes)
  8. Complete the 33 Hour Training – Training Schedule
  9. Take CASA Oath of Office and get sworn in by a Judge
  10. Receive your case file
  11. Pick up CASA badge
  12. Advocacy begins!

ORIENTATION
CASA Volunteer Orientation Locations

CASA volunteer orientations are offered four times per month.
Please select the one below that’s best for your schedule.

EAST LAS VEGAS LIBRARY
2851 East Bonanza Road,
Las Vegas, NV 89101

DATES FOR THIS LOCATION
September 4,  2019 (Room TBD)
October 2, 2019 (Room TBD)
November 6, 2019  (Room TBD)     
December 4, 2019 (Room TBD)
January 8,  2020 (Room TBD) ** due to  holiday
February 5, 2020 (Room TBD)
March 4, 2020  (Room TBD)     
April 1, 2020 (Room TBD)

Every 1st Wednesday of the month
10:30 am – 12:00 noon

CLARK COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER
500 S. Grand Central Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89155

DATES FOR THIS LOCATION
August 21, 2019 (Pueblo Room)
September 18, 2019 (Pueblo Room)
October 16, 2019 (Pueblo Room)
November 20, 2019 (Room TBD)
December 18, 2019 (Room TBD)

Every 3rd Wednesday of the month
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

CHILD HAVEN
701 N. Pecos Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89101

DATES FOR THIS LOCATION
August 10, 2019 (Red Rock Room)
August 24, 2019 (Red Rock Room)
September 14, 2019 (Red Rock Room)
September 28, 2019 (Red Rock Room)
October 12, 2019 (Red Rock Room)
October 26, 2019 (Red Rock Room)
November 9, 2019 (Red Rock Room)
November 23, 2019 (Red Rock Room)
December 14, 2019 (Red Rock Room)
December 28, 2019  (Red Rock Room)

Every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month
11:30 am – 1:30 pm  

TRAINING
CASA Volunteer Training Dates & Times

The CASA Program is excited to offer the National CASA Association’s 2017 Pre-Service Training Curriculum.   CASA trainings are offered four times a year: Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall.  Below is an overview of the materials that are covered in the training.

Summer 2019 Training Schedule

TUE. July 9, 6 – 9 pm
THUR. July 11, 6 – 9 pm
SAT. July 13, 9 am – 4pm
TUE. July 16, 6 – 9 pm
THUR. July 18, 6 – 9 pm
SAT. July 20, 9 am – 4 pm
TUE. July 23, 6 – 9 pm
THUR. July 25, 6 – 9 pm

Fall 2019 Training Schedule

MON Oct 7, 6 – 9 pm
THUR. Oct 10, 6 – 9 pm
SAT. Oct 12, 9 am – 4 pm
TUE. Oct 15, 6 – 9 pm
THUR. Oct 17, 6 – 9 pm
SAT. Oct 19, 9 am – 4pm
TUE. Oct 22, 6 – 9 pm
THUR. Oct 24, 6 – 9 pm

CASA Training Overview

Chapter 1 Summary
Introducing the CASA Volunteer Role

In this chapter, participants learn about their roles and responsibilities as CASA/GAL volunteers and the principles that guide their work. This is a “big picture” chapter, setting the historical and current context of child protection and describing the CASA/GAL volunteer’s place in the overall system.  Key child welfare laws will be discussed, as well as discussion about the local court system. This session provides an opportunity for participants to feel inspired, knowing they can make a difference in the lives of children. Court report writing and case studies are introduced in this chapter and integrated throughout the curriculum, as these key components are integral to the role of CASA volunteers.

Chapter 2 Summary – The Well-Being of the Child

This chapter focuses on all there is to know about child development and what a CASA/GAL volunteer needs to know to do his/her job. The goal is not for volunteers to master all the information, but to help develop intuition and be able to “red flag” situations that should be evaluated by a professional or discussed with a supervisor. The importance of attachment in childhood is also covered.

Chapter 3 Summary – Trauma, Resilience and Communication Skills

This chapter introduces the importance of effective communication in CASA/GAL volunteer work. Participants practice the skills they’re learning in order to build confidence and prepare them for their role.*Examines the dynamics of cultural differences.

Chapter 4 Summary – Mental Health, Poverty, and Professional Communication

In this chapter, it is important for participants to understand that while mental illness and poverty are risk factors for child abuse and neglect, most people affected by mental illness and poverty do not abuse and/or neglect their children. When working on a case that involves either mental illness or poverty, participants should always focus on the parent’s ability to provide a safe home.

Chapter 5 Summary – Substance Abuse and Cultural Competence

This chapter addresses substance abuse and how it can affect a parent’s ability to care for a child. This chapter also includes why participants need to know about this subject, why they need to be aware of their personal values about substance use/abuse, and ways volunteers can set aside their values in order to consider what’s best for a child.  This chapter introduces the concepts of culture, diversity, disproportionality and cultural competence that will be further explored in chapter 6.

Chapter 6 Summary – Domestic Violence and Cultural Competence

This chapter goes deeper into cultural competency issues and delves further into addressing bias, stereotyping, institutional racism, and allowing participants the opportunity to create a plan for increasing their cultural competence.

Chapter 7 Summary – Educational Advocacy, Older Youth and LGBTQ Youth

The material in this chapter about educational advocacy and advocacy for older youth is intended to briefly introduce issues related to these topics.

Chapter 8 Summary – Wrapping Up 

This chapter wraps up the pre-service training program. As participants prepare to launch into their real-world role as CASA/GAL volunteers, they review what they have learned in training, evaluate their strengths and challenges, and identify their support systems.

Training Topics included throughout each chapter

  • Practicing the CASA Volunteer Role – Case Studies and Information Gathering
  • Court Report Writing
  • Documenting Case Notes into the Computer System
  • Court Observation
  • The Interactive curriculum is designed to help the CASA volunteer gain confidence in acquiring the competencies needed to become an effective CASA volunteer.

Ready to Take the Next Step? 

The CASA program is currently exploring other training options which are offered by National CASA Association. These include Flex Learning Curriculum and Independent Studies.  If you are ready to join this amazing program, please take the first step and fill out our Contact Information Form or you can also show up to one of the Orientations.