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.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Youth in the California Foster Care System

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

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. The webinar will also include best practices for working effectively and respectfully with transgender and gender nonconforming youth, and resources for addressing common challenges.

12:00 PM-1:00 PM
Register Online:
*This webinar is for CASA Staff and Volunteers only.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Introduction to Dependency Law

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

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!

12:00 PM-1:00 PM

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Nonprofit Board Essentials: Roles & Responsibilities of Effective Nonprofit Boards

Presenters: Kevin Gardner and Shelley Brown

California CASA is pleased to present our second webinar in an ongoing series for CASA board members.
Session Objectives:
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

*This webinar is for board members only.

12:00 PM-1:00 PM

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Dependency Law Update 2019

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

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 will be covered are:
1. Case Law
2. Statutes
3. New Trends in Dependency
Key highlights will include SB 925 and how CASAs can be included in Child and Family Teams.

1:00 PM-2:00 PM

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Foster Youth Deserve Quality Parenting and How CASAs Can Help

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

Thursday, February 21, 2019

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

Presenters: Jennifer Rodriguez J.D., Executive Director of the Youth Law Center and
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

Monday, December 10, 2018

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

Presenter: Wendy Wiegmann, Project Director for the 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

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