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Training

Take the First Step Towards Advocacy

Ready to embark on your journey as a CASA volunteer? The first step is simple: fill out our online application to express your interest in becoming a volunteer. Once your application is submitted, you'll need to sign up for our pre-service training, where you'll gain the knowledge and skills needed to advocate effectively for children in need. Join us as we work together to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable children in Northeast Louisiana. Your dedication and compassion can change a child's story for the better.

VOLUNTEER PROCESS

Becoming a CASA Volunteer

As Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), our role is multifaceted yet singular in purpose: to stand as unwavering champions for children who have experienced abuse or neglect. We are their voice in courtrooms, their advocates in communities, and their steadfast allies in their journey towards healing and recovery. By providing personalized attention, support, and advocacy, we empower children to navigate the complexities of the foster care system and emerge stronger on the other side.

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Information Session

Attend an Information Session to learn more about CASA of NELA's mission, the role of CASA volunteers, and how you can make a difference. Information Sessions are optional.

View upcoming Information Sessions

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Application

Complete and submit an online application to express your interest in becoming a CASA volunteer. Our team will review your application and reach out to schedule an interview.

Apply online now

Interview
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Participate in an interview with CASA staff members to discuss your motivations for volunteering and background. Applicants will also need to submit and pass a background check during this process.

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Pre-Service Training

Complete 30 hours of pre-service training to gain a comprehensive understanding of the child welfare system, courtroom procedures, and best practices for advocating on behalf of children in need.

View pre-service training dates

Swearing In
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Congratulations! You’ve completed pre-service training and will be officially sworn in as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) by one of our local judges.

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Assignment

After your swearing-in, you’ll be assigned to an Advocate Supervisor who will work closely with you on your child’s case, offer resources, and provide support throughout your CASA service.

INFORMATION SESSIONS

Join us for an Information Session

Are you curious about becoming a CASA volunteer? Join us for an Information Session where prospective volunteers have the opportunity to learn more about CASA of NELA and our vital role in advocating for children in Northeast Louisiana. Led by CASA staff members, these sessions provide valuable insights into the foster care system, the role of CASA volunteers, and the impact of our advocacy work. It's a chance to ask questions, gain clarity, and explore whether volunteering with CASA is the right fit for you!

  • Information Session
    Information Session
    Tue, Aug 13
    Virtual Event
    Aug 13, 2024, 11:45 AM – 12:00 PM
    Virtual Event
    Aug 13, 2024, 11:45 AM – 12:00 PM
    Virtual Event
    Are you curious about becoming a CASA volunteer? Join us for our Virtual Information Sessions
  • Information Session
    Information Session
    Thu, Aug 15
    Virtual Event
    Aug 15, 2024, 6:30 PM – 7:00 PM
    Virtual Event
    Aug 15, 2024, 6:30 PM – 7:00 PM
    Virtual Event
    Are you curious about becoming a CASA volunteer? Join us for our Virtual Information Sessions
  • Information Session
    Information Session
    Tue, Oct 15
    Virtual Event
    Oct 15, 2024, 11:45 AM – 12:15 PM
    Virtual Event
    Oct 15, 2024, 11:45 AM – 12:15 PM
    Virtual Event
    Are you curious about becoming a CASA volunteer? Join us for our Virtual Information Sessions!
  • Information Session
    Information Session
    Thu, Oct 17
    Virtual Event
    Oct 17, 2024, 6:30 PM – 7:00 PM
    Virtual Event
    Oct 17, 2024, 6:30 PM – 7:00 PM
    Virtual Event
    Are you curious about becoming a CASA volunteer? Join us for our Virtual Information Sessions!
  • Information Session
    Information Session
    Tue, Dec 17
    Virtual Event
    Dec 17, 2024, 11:45 AM – 12:15 PM
    Virtual Event
    Dec 17, 2024, 11:45 AM – 12:15 PM
    Virtual Event
    Are you curious about becoming a CASA volunteer? Join us for our Virtual Information Sessions!
  • Information Session
    Information Session
    Thu, Dec 19
    Virtual Event
    Dec 19, 2024, 6:30 PM – 7:00 PM
    Virtual Event
    Dec 19, 2024, 6:30 PM – 7:00 PM
    Virtual Event
    Are you curious about becoming a CASA volunteer? Join us for our Virtual Information Sessions!

PRE-SERVICE TRAINING

Ready to make a difference?

Are you ready to make a difference in the lives of children in need? Our pre-service training program is designed to equip volunteers with the knowledge and skills necessary to become effective advocates for abused and neglected children in Northeast Louisiana. Through a comprehensive curriculum led by experienced professionals, you'll learn about the child welfare system, courtroom procedures, and best practices for advocating on behalf of vulnerable children. After filling out an application, you'll join us for one of our upcoming pre-service training sessions and take the first step towards making a lasting impact in our community.

  • Pre-Service Training
    Pre-Service Training
    Thu, Jul 18
    Monroe
    Jul 18, 2024, 5:30 PM – Aug 15, 2024, 5:30 PM
    Monroe, 622 Riverside Dr, Monroe, LA 71201, USA
    Jul 18, 2024, 5:30 PM – Aug 15, 2024, 5:30 PM
    Monroe, 622 Riverside Dr, Monroe, LA 71201, USA
    After filling out an application, you'll attend one of our upcoming Pre-Service Trainings.
  • Pre-Service Training
    Pre-Service Training
    Tue, Sep 03
    Monroe
    Sep 03, 2024, 5:00 PM – Oct 01, 2024, 5:00 PM
    Monroe, 622 Riverside Dr, Monroe, LA 71201, USA
    Sep 03, 2024, 5:00 PM – Oct 01, 2024, 5:00 PM
    Monroe, 622 Riverside Dr, Monroe, LA 71201, USA
    After filling out an application, you'll attend one of our upcoming Pre-Service Trainings.
  • Pre-Service Training
    Pre-Service Training
    Tue, Oct 29
    Monroe
    Oct 29, 2024, 5:00 PM
    Monroe, 622 Riverside Dr, Monroe, LA 71201, USA
    Oct 29, 2024, 5:00 PM
    Monroe, 622 Riverside Dr, Monroe, LA 71201, USA
    After filling out an application, you'll attend one of our upcoming Pre-Service Trainings.
  • Pre-Service Training
    Pre-Service Training
    Thu, Jan 09
    Monroe
    Jan 09, 2025, 5:00 PM – Feb 06, 2025, 9:00 PM
    Monroe, 622 Riverside Dr, Monroe, LA 71201, USA
    Jan 09, 2025, 5:00 PM – Feb 06, 2025, 9:00 PM
    Monroe, 622 Riverside Dr, Monroe, LA 71201, USA
    After filling out an application, you'll attend one of our upcoming Pre-Service Trainings.
  • Pre-Service Training
    Pre-Service Training
    Tue, Mar 04
    Monroe
    Mar 04, 2025, 5:00 PM – Apr 01, 2025, 9:00 PM
    Monroe, 622 Riverside Dr, Monroe, LA 71201, USA
    Mar 04, 2025, 5:00 PM – Apr 01, 2025, 9:00 PM
    Monroe, 622 Riverside Dr, Monroe, LA 71201, USA
    After filling out an application, you'll attend one of our upcoming Pre-Service Trainings.
  • Pre-Service Training
    Pre-Service Training
    Thu, May 01
    Monroe
    May 01, 2025, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Monroe, 622 Riverside Dr, Monroe, LA 71201, USA
    May 01, 2025, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Monroe, 622 Riverside Dr, Monroe, LA 71201, USA
    After filling out an application, you'll attend one of our upcoming Pre-Service Trainings.

SUPPORT

Ways to get involved

If you're not quite ready to become a volunteer but still want to support our mission, there are plenty of other ways to get involved! Visit our support page to explore opportunities for donating, fundraising, and spreading awareness about CASA of NELA. Every contribution, big or small, helps make a difference in the lives of children in need. Thank you for your interest in supporting our cause!

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