Advocate Tool Box

Your nuts and bolts to successful advocacy

Volunteer Manual - Everything you need to know and more..........
Book*- "Just for Now", a childrens book, answers questions and more in an entertaining story about an unforgettable group of foster kids who befriend each other and an abandoned stray named Spud. "A great book for CASA volunteers to read to the children they serve"

* Call the CASA office for availablility
Acronyms- Click here for a cheat sheet

Glossary- Definitions of often heard terms

Case Timeline- This document gives you a standard timeline in Child Protection cases

Court Hearings- Definition of hearings involved in child protection

A Child's Journey Through the Welfare System- A timeline

Federal Laws- Pertains to child protection work

ICWA- Indian Child Welfare Act

Youth in Court Orientation-This orientation is being used before children attend court- Credit 1 hour

DHW Assessment Standards- An outline of when and what the DHW takes into consideration when assessing a family

Volunteer Mileage Form CASA Volunteer Hours Reporting Form- To be turned in monthly

Visit with Infants and Toddlers- A must read publication on the importance of young children in care and visits with their parents- Credit 3 hours

Educational Advocacy- This can be used as your required in service training hours- Credit 1 hour

Psychotropic Medication and Children in Foster Care- Tips for Advocates and Judges- Credit: 1 hour

Idaho Youth In Care Bill of Rights

Skill Building - Volunteer Education

Develop a greater understanding of the strengths, challenges and value of LGBTQ adults, parents and families, what they can offer a CASA/GAL program, and how to better serve these children in your role as a CASA or GAL volunteer. Facilitated by Tracy Flynn of Tracy Flynn Consulting

Learn how the court, the data and the CASA/GAL program are working together to identify and mitigate bias and address disparity within their judicial district. This webinar provides positive, practical approaches for CASA/GAL programs and their judicial partners to collaboratively address disproportionality and disparate outcomes for foster youth.

Facilitators: Judge L. Trosch Louis A. Trosch, Jr., District Court Judge - 26thJudicial District, Charlotte, NC; Erin Chinn-Gary MSW, JD Family Court Administrator - 26thJudicial District; and Dana Frady, MSW, District Administrator, Guardian ad Litem District 26.

This webinar is recommended for staff and volunteers who work with children on prescription medication or would like to know more about medications commonly prescribed to children in foster care. It is a great way to fulfill annual continuing education hours. Hosted by Portland Oregon CASA Supervisor Stephen McCrea Building

Lucy Hudson, director of the Zero to Three Safe Babies Court Teams Project, provides an overview of this Zero to Three initiative, which has engaged several CASA/GAL programs across the country.

This webinar gives participants a better understanding of the connection between the behaviors of parents (caregivers) and the health and well-being of LGBTQ youth. Led by National CASA Training Director Anthony Petrarca.

This webinar provides an overview of an organizational model for staff and volunteer resiliency that was recently piloted by five CASA programs. The project was conducted by the Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault at the University of Texas at Austin. The presenter provides concrete examples of what worked in a CASA program and tips on becoming a "resiliency champion" in your organization.