Virtual Training opportunity extended for volunteers in Gila County Additional dates offered for volunteer pre-service training

Throughout the month of September, CASA of Gila County is utilizing a virtual meeting platform to offer the required pre-service training.

Gila County had their first applicant complete virtual CASA of Arizona training and here is what they had to say about the experience: “While working face-to-face is my preferred option for instruction, I found the CASA team did a great job in creating a collaborative learning environment on the virtual Zoom tool for the basic instruction and the online learning process for the individual learning needed. The individual information is very enlightening, and the team is straightforward in the time needed to complete the sessions. The online Zoom time was advantageous in processing the new learning and having a chance to clarify any questions. This experience also allowed smaller groups within the training to work together on case studies in order to become more familiar with the CASA role.” (CASA Applicant from Gila County, 2020)

“CASA applicants complete a thorough background check and extensive training prior to serving as an advocate for a child in foster care.,” states CASA Coordinator Emily Nader. “Our program works to provide safe, reliable, and caring adult volunteers to children from our communities who are residing in foster care. The virtual training interactive format allows applicants to ask questions and discuss with peers as they learn how to advocate for the children they will be appointed to.”

Applying to become a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer is easy! 1. Apply online at

2. CASA of Gila County will contact applicant with upcoming pre-service training dates.

3. Choose training date that best fits your schedule and get started!

4. Pass background checks and complete observations.

5. Swearing in with presiding judge.

CASA of Arizona is offering a flexible pre-service training in an online interactive virtual environment. This training opportunity will be completed in a 6 week training cohort that includes meeting live via Zoom once a week with your training group, online discussions with the trainers and other CASA applicants, and online activities to enhance learning. The deadline for registering for the online course is quickly approaching. Apply today!

Requirements include:

· At least 21 years old.

· Complete necessary background checks, provide references and participate in an interview.

· Complete a minimum of 30 hours of pre-service training.

· Availability for court appearances, with advance notice.

· Willing to commit to advocating for the child/children until the case is closed.

To learn more about becoming a CASA volunteer, call 928-402-4427, email Emily Nader at [email protected] or visit