Child Advocates of Silicon Valley

CASA Training

CASA training takes place over the course of one month, typically with eight 3-hour evening modules (6-9PM) and one 6.5-hour Saturday module. It also includes one court visit that you can schedule at a variety of times during the training month. CASA volunteers graduate from training with a swearing-in ceremony officiated by a judge.

Please find below links to presentations and videos from training modules for new CASA volunteers, organized alphabetically by class topic.

Best Practices for CASAs
Speaker from CASA organization

CASA Volunteer Narratives
Speaker from CASA organization

Child Development Overview
Speaker from UCSF

Confidentiality and Reports

Cultural Sensitivity Training
Speaker from CASA organization

Dependency System Overview
Speaker usually a Santa Clara County Juvenile Dependency Judge.

Domestic Violence's Effects
Speaker from DFCS Domestic Violence Unit

Foster Care/Placements
Speaker from DFCS

General Education Overview
Speaker from SJUSD

The LGBTQ Community

"*This list is neither comprehensive nor inviolable, but it’s a work in progress toward those goals. With identity terms, trust the person who is using the term and their definition of it above any dictionary. These definitions are the creation of a cultural commons: emails, online discussions, and in-person chats, with the initial curation being mine, then growing into a collaboration between Meg Bolger and me at"

Roles and Perspectives: Attorneys
Speakers from LACY, Dependency Advocates, County Counsel

Roles and Perspectives: DFCS and Social Workers
Speaker from DFCS

Roles and Perspectives: Biological Parents
This is a powerful live presentation that's different every time, so try not to miss it.

Roles and Responsibilities: CASAs
Speaker from CASA organization