Volunteers attend 30 hours of training covering areas such as: child abuse and neglect, court room procedures, court report writing, interviewing and fact-finding, substance abuse, child development, cultural awareness, child welfare law, and other topics that involve child welfare. Professionals from the community participate in the training, including therapists, attorneys, and social workers. There are also opportunities to speak with experienced volunteers. Part of the training includes court observation, and volunteers are expected to write a draft court report. After volunteers complete the training, a Williamson County Judge will swear them in as Guardian ad Litem volunteers, the first step toward being appointed as an advocate.
After being appointed to a case, volunteers continue to participate in continuing education trainings. These are offered monthly through the CASA office. Volunteers are expected to complete 12 hours of continuing education each year, which can include those provided by CASA as well as other trainings in the community.
Some training sessions can be made up if there are conflicts. To be eligible to attend training you need to begin the application
process prior to the start of the training. If you have any questions or potential conflicts, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator.
Thank you for your interest in becoming a Guardian ad Litem / Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). Potential volunteer advocates must attend an information session, be interviewed, and pass background checks prior to becoming a CASA. We will be posting a revised training schedule soon.
Please review the Training Schedule often to view any changes or updates.
Please see calendar
for New Volunteer Orientation, current Volunteer Training and In-Service Training or contact: Michele Bigelow at (512) 868-2822 or send an email to Michele.Bigelow@casawctx.com