Thank you for volunteering with CASA for the Cross Timbers Area. After your application is approved by our Program Director, you will be asked to schedule a pre-training interview with the Program Director, who will talk over next steps with you at that time. This pre-training interview is an essential first step to becoming a CASA advocate. If you haven’t yet submitted your application or begun this process, please click here to contact us.
Once your application has been processed, all volunteers must complete the trainings below PRIOR to their in-person training. If you are new to CPS or DFPS, we recommend you complete the OCAST training before your pre-service training. Online Core Advocacy Skills Training or OCAST, was created by Texas CASA to walk you through everything that happens when a child comes to the attention of CPS. Within the course, there are six modules that take one to two hours each to complete, with a quiz at the end of each module. Participants will receive a brief follow-up survey and will be able to print their grades as proof of completion.
As a prospective volunteer, your training is a mix of self-paced reading and in-person/zoom classroom sessions. Our Program Director will inform you of training dates and timeline during your pre-training interview, as well as give you a Training Verification Sheet where you should sign and date each training item as you complete them. This completed sheet must be turned in at the end of your self-paced training.
Next, you must work through the Volunteer Manual. You can complete the pre-service training online HERE or you can download a PDF version of the CASA Volunteer Manual. If you choose to complete the training online, click on the box labeled FOR CASA VOLUNTEERS to get started.
After completing each chapter of the Volunteer Manual, submit each chapter’s assessment form online by clicking the links below. Your answers will be sent automatically to the Program Director. Make sure you turn in your Training Verification Sheet to the Program Director prior to your swearing in.
- Chapter 1 – The CASA/GAL Volunteer Role
- Chapter 2 – The Well-Being of the Child
- Chapter 3 – Trauma, Resilience and Communication Skills
- Chapter 4 – Mental Health, Poverty and Confidentiality
- Chapter 5 – Substance Abuse, Diversity and Disproportionality
- Chapter 6 – Domestic Violence, Bias and Cultural Competence
- Chapter 7 – Educational Advocacy, Older Youth and LGBTQ Youth
- Chapter 8 – Moving Forward As An Advocate