California CASA offers specific trainings on a wide range of topics for CASA staff and volunteers statewide. We try to keep costs to a minimum to enable maximum participation. Below, you can view upcoming and recent trainings, register online, and download training materials.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Set Up for Success: Supporting Foster Youth College Transition WEBINAR

Presenter: Debbie Raucher

In today’s economy, completion of a post-secondary credential, whether a vocational certificate, associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree or beyond is essential for those entering the work force. Despite this, only eight percent of foster youth successfully obtain a degree. This webinar will provide strategies that CASAs can use to ensure that foster youth can successfully transition into post-secondary education and attain their educational goals. Topics to be covered will include approaches for encouraging a college-going culture, demystifying the matriculation and financial aid processes and how to ensure that foster youth are linked to the range of supports available at college so that they are set up for success before they transition to a post-secondary setting. The webinar will also point you to online resources that can be used to support youth through the planning, application and matriculation processes, including information about how to assist youth to enroll in industry-recognized certificate programs in hundreds of vocational programs available across the state.

3:00pm – 4:00pm

Monday, October 22, 2018

Reproductive and Sexual Health Care Rights for Youth
in Juvenile Dependency WEBINAR

Presenters: Allison Cruz, Esq., Georgina Dews, Esq., and Lily Colby, Esq.

This webinar will help CASA volunteers appreciate what foster youth are facing today. You will gain knowledge of the laws supporting the reproductive health care rights of youth and dissect scenarios common to what CASA volunteers may encounter.


Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Board Governance for CASA Programs

Presenters: Kevin Gardner and Shelley Brown

Learn how to be an effective board member on strong, highly functioning boards of directors. This webinar will be led by Kevin Gardner who has over 20 years of service on the boards of both Child Advocates of Silicon Valley and California CASA, where he currently serves as chair of the board development committees.

The webinar has been held, please feel free to watch the recording and download materials below:

Board Governance for CASA Programs – Webinar
Board Governance for CASA Programs – PowerPoint

Follow-Up Resources:

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

A Special Fundraising Workshop for Northern California CASA Programs

Sharon M. Lawrence, Esq., CEO of California CASA; formerly President/CEO, Voices for Children, 1997 to 2017 and
Anne Farrell, fundraising consultant to California CASA; former Chief Philanthropy Officer, Voices for Children, with 41 years of nonprofit fundraising experience.

CASA programs need stable and well-balanced sources of funding in order to best serve their volunteers and foster children. Learn some of the “tricks of the trade” from two experienced individuals who have first-hand knowledge raising millions of dollars for CASA!

10:00AM – 4:00PM

CASA of Shasta & Tehama
2400 Washington Avenue
Redding, CA 96001


Wednesday, June 29, 2018

Alphabet Soup: Understanding Benefits for Children in Foster Care Webinar

Angie Schwartz, Policy Director, Alliance for Children’s Rights
Brian Blalock, Director of Law and Policy, Tipping Point

This webinar will provide attendees with practical knowledge regarding the public benefits available to children throughout the foster care system. Specifically, we will discuss how to identify and help youth obtain appropriate benefits and supports including a focus on how Continuum of Care Reform impacts our system of foster care rates.

10:00AM – 11:30AM


Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Cultural Humility

Beverly Kyer MSW, ACSW Trainer

This is a highly “face to face” interactive learning laboratory. Participants will experience the process of engaging in cross-cultural interactions with each other while learning and appreciating the culturally diverse backgrounds in the room.

10:00PM – 3:30PM
The California Endowment
2000 Franklin Street Oakland, CA
Room: Eastmont – Second Floor


Friday, May 18th 2018

Recent Laws and Advocacy for Foster Youth Receiving Psychotropic Medications

Anna Johnson, Attorney at Law, National Center for Youth Law

This webinar was created to inform CASA staff on, case law, statutes, and new trends in dependency.

1:00PM – 3:00PM
274 14th Street
Oakland, CA 94612
Room: The Mezzanine


September 22, 2017

Becoming a Trauma Informed & Resilient Organization

Tracy L. Fauver, LCSW, Executive Director, Yolo County CASA

There is a great deal of attention and excitement these days around being “trauma-informed” or providing “trauma-sensitive” service to children and families, especially in the child welfare system. This training will look at how CASA organizations can take steps to incorporate knowledge of childhood adversity and building resilience into its core mission. We will attempt to answer the question so often posed after an ACEs 101 training – what do we do next?

1:00PM – 4:00PM
1721 Broadway
Telegraph Suite, 2nd Floor
Oakland, CA 94612


June 14, 2017

Understanding Grief & Loss in Youth in Foster Care

Beverly Kyer MSW, ACSW Trainer

The trauma of being separated from loved ones and everything familiar is devastating for youth in foster care. The loss and grief our children experience is profound and lasting, and this is further compounded by their lack of choices in the process. This training is designed to increase your understanding and strategies as a CASA to help your youth process, cope, and eventually integrate his/her experiences of grief and loss.

1. Learn the stages, triggers and reactions to grief in children and ourselves
2. Learn how to help your youth manage and move through grief
3. Learn to honor grief as a natural process and healing as an ongoing process
4. Learn methods to promote phases of healing

9:00AM – 3:30PM
520 3rd Street, Suite 108
Oakland CA, 94607


May 31, 2017

Compassion Fatigue

Beverly Kyer MSW, ACSW Trainer

This training draws on discussion, activities, and reflections concerning CASA volunteers and staffs’ experiences of vicarious trauma through their advocacy with foster youth. Participants will identify the challenges they currently face, and create strategies for maintaining resiliency in the face of overwhelming and emotionally intense demands.

1. Participants will be familiar with the factors that cause burnout and techniques for preventing it
2. Participants will understand their own vulnerability to vicarious trauma
3. Participants will discuss new ways to care for themselves
4. Participants will discuss how to support co-workers and how to increase morale
5. Participants will understand their role in preventing burnout

9:00AM – 3:30PM
520 3rd Street, Suite 108
Oakland CA, 94607


May 1, 2017

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC)

MISSSEY and California Child Welfare Survivors Advisory Board

California CASA is pleased to offer a training by MISSSEY and California Child Welfare Survivors Advisory Board on supporting and advocating youth involved or at risk for CSEC (commercial sexual exploitation of children).

10:30AM – 2:00PM
James Irvine Foundation Center
353 Frank Ogawa Plaza (Dalzel Building)
Oakland, CA 94612