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.


Legal Update 2020

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Presenters: Allison B. Cruz and Georgina Dews
Attorneys at Law

Join California CASA for a webinar covering recent changes in California Law affecting youth in foster care. We will also cover some juvenile justice system reforms and changes to CASA program practice. The topics that are covered are, case law, statutes, and new trends in dependency.

Human Resources: Alternative Work Week Schedules

Thursday, February 27, 2020 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Presenter: Matt Dente J.D.
Founder Dente Law P.C.

A discussion on alternative workweek schedules in California, including their limited benefits, ample pitfalls, and burdensome election procedures. There will be a live Q&A following the presentation for webinar attendees.


Marketing: Facebook Ad Campaigns

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Presenter: Jessica Ballenger
Marketing and Communications Director, California CASA Association

Executive Directors and Marketing and Communications staff are welcome to register for this upcoming marketing webinar about paid advertising on social media.

  • Learn how to set up and run a Facebook ad campaign
  • Discussion of the results of the regional Facebook campaigns in December, 2019



Court Report Writing

Friday, November 8, 2019

Presenter: Karen Finan
Program Director, California CASA Association

Co Presenter: Megan Marashlian
Program Manager, Juvenile Justice – Voices for Children

How to write effective, impactful reports for both Juvenile Justice and Dependency Courts:

  • What information to include to help Judges make informed decisions
  • How to determine effective recommendations
  • How to make sure advocates are gathering the information needed to write reports



Supporting Foster Youth to and Through College

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Presenter: Tia Holiday
Education Program Manager, from John Burton Advocates for Youth

Transitioning to college after high school can feel daunting, especially for foster youth. CASAs play a KEY role in supporting their youth through the college application, financial aid and enrollment process.

Join Tia Holiday, Education Program Manager, from John Burton Advocates for Youth, for an overview of the support programs that are available for foster youth when they transition into higher education.

This presentation will also cover the following topics:

  • Financial Aid availability
  • Support programs and eligibility at Two and Four-year colleges
  • Websites and live demonstrations of resources CASAs can utilize
  • Guides to enhance conversations around post-secondary attainment



#FosterStability 2 H.E.A.L.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Presenter: Jordan Sosa
Statewide Policy Coordinator California Youth Connection

Please join California Youth Connection (CYC) for a discussion on how CASA’s across the state can have a role in ensuring that children and youth experience stability in all aspects of their lives while they are in California’s foster care system. More specifically, attendees can expect to learn about new laws such as AB2247 and SB925 that mandate the creation of placement preservation strategies and authentic youth voice in CFT settings.

We will also discuss CYC’s #FosterStability Campaign in creating systems that honor and nourishes the mind, body, and soul of every young person impacted by California’s foster care system. Key highlights will include AB 2247, best youth-centered CFT practices, placement preservation strategies, and how CASA can be included in CFTs.




Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Youth in the California Foster Care System

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Presenter: Shannan Wilber, Esq.,
Youth Policy Director at the National Center for Lesbian Rights

Due to pervasive bias, transgender and gender nonconforming youth are significantly overrepresented in foster care compared to their numbers in the general population. This webinar will provide an overview of relevant terms and concepts, data on disparities and disproportionality, and cover the legal rights of transgender foster youth. This webinar will also include best practices for working effectively and respectfully with transgender and gender nonconforming youth, as well as provide resources for addressing common challenges.



Gender Spectrum helps to create gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens.

Introduction to Dependency Law

Monday, June 24, 2019

Presenters: Allison Cruz, Esq. and Georgina Dews, Esq.
Attorneys at Law

Everything you need to know about dependency court and the laws that cover child welfare. If you are new to CASA, or would like a refresher this webinar is perfect for you!


Nonprofit Board Essentials: Roles & Responsibilities of Effective Nonprofit Boards

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Presenters: Kevin Gardner and Shelley Brown
California CASA Association Board Members

California CASA is pleased to present our second webinar in an ongoing series for CASA board members. This session objectives are to gain a clearer understanding of roles and responsibilities of nonprofit boards and individual board members, including the different “Hats” board members wear and best practices for board governance.



Dependency Law Update 2019

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Presenters: Allison B. Cruz, and Georgina Dews
Attorneys at Law

Join California CASA for a webinar covering recent changes in California Law affecting youth in foster care. We will also cover some juvenile justice system reforms and changes to CASA program practice. The topics that are covered are, case law, statutes, and new trends in dependency. Key highlights include SB 925 and how CASAs can be included in Child and Family Teams.


Foster Youth Deserve Quality Parenting and How CASAs Can Help

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Presenter: Robin Allen
Former Executive Director of California CASA and current QPI advocate at the Youth Law Center

Join Robin Allen for a discussion about CASAs role in ensuring every child and youth in foster care receives the parenting they need to heal and thrive.

This webinar will cover the practical ways CASA programs and volunteers can ensure every child receives excellent parenting. We will discuss the ways CASA can integrate the values of Continuum of Care Reform (CCR) and Quality Parenting into their daily practice including: strategies for supporting and encouraging relationships between resource parents and birth parents, advocating for the resources that will support excellent parenting, ensuring that any transition is responsive to the needs of the child/youth, modeling honest and transparent information sharing among other practices and encouraging the inclusion of parents as partners in all decision making.

1:00 PM-2:00 PM

Child and Adolescent Development Research and Brain Science, and Quality Parenting

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Presenter: Jennifer Rodriguez J.D.
Executive Director of the Youth Law Center

Presenter: Robin Allen
Former Executive Director of California CASA and current QPI advocate at the Youth Law Center

What does child and adolescent development research and brain science tell us about the interventions that have the greatest impact for children and youth in foster care?

Join Jennifer Rodriguez and Robin Allen for an overview of the latest research, and an introduction of a systems change effort, the Quality Parenting Initiative (QPI). Learn how the research demonstrates that excellent parenting is the single most important intervention for children and youth who have experienced trauma. Learn how this research is incorporated into QPI, incorporated into state and federal law and can translate into the CASA’s role in supporting excellent parenting.

1:00 PM-2:00 PM

Everything You Wanted to Know About Child Welfare Services
Case Management Services (CWS/CMS) But Were Afraid to Ask!

Monday, December 10, 2018

Presenter: Wendy Wiegmann
Project Director, California Child Welfare Indicators Project (CCWIP)

In this short (1-hour) inter-active training, participants will gain an understanding of essential child welfare concepts, and develop a workable knowledge of how to use the CCWIP website to download reports analyzing key child welfare phenomena and outcomes. Participants will be able to follow website navigation on their computers and ask questions as needed.

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Set Up for Success: Supporting Foster Youth College Transition WEBINAR

Friday, November 9, 2018

Presenter: Debbie Raucher
Project Director, John Burton Advocates for Youth

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

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

Monday, October 22, 2018

Presenters: Allison Cruz, Esq., and Georgina Dews, Esq.,
Attorneys At Law

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.


Board Governance for CASA Programs

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Presenters: Kevin Gardner and Shelley Brown
California CASA Association, Board of Directors

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.


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