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Training

Pre-service and ongoing training is essential to increase a CASA®/GAL's effectiveness in helping children. Being a CASA/GAL requires two levels of training: preservice and continued in-service. 

NEW VOLUNTEER TRAINING 

Before you become a CASA/GAL, you must attend approximately 40 hours of pre-service training which is funded, coordinated and facilitated by the Wood County CASA/GAL Program. Pre-service training sessions are held two to three times per year. This training includes an opportunity to spend five hours observing in the court process.
 
Our next CASA/GAL class will begin in the fall 2018 If you have considered learning more about this experience and want to become a CASA/GAL call the program office at 419-352-3554 and ask  to speak with Tricia or email us at 

casa@co.wood.oh.us.   We have children in need of your support and advocacy.  

 
Four members of the community completed the winter pre-service training and accepted the Oath of office on April 5th, 2018 during the annual Volunteer Appreciation Banquet and the program's 30th anniversary celebration.
  
  In Photo from left to right- Judge David E Woessner, Austin Lamber, Lizze Halleck, Mike Sell, Ted Chambers
 
CONTINUED EDUCATION TRAINING 
 
After you become a CASA/GAL, your training continues. You are required to complete 12 hours of additional training each year. This includes the mandated three hours of GAL training per Ohio Rules of Superintendence Rule 48. The CASA/GAL program provides monthly in-service training which will enable you to easily meet this criteria.

CASA/GAL Volunteers receive ongoing support of CASA/GAL Program staff and volunteer mentors to assist in the tasks needed to advocate for children.

INFORMATION ABOUT MONTHLY TRAININGS AND COMMUNITY BASED LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES ARE MADE AVAILABLE TO ALL CASA/GAL PROGRAM VOLUNTEERS THROUGHOUTH THE YEAR VIA EMAIL AND POSTINGS IN THE OFFICE.
 

 Did you know?

The Ohio Supreme Court offers online GAL training through their website, as well as in person trainings throughout the year for those currently a CASA/GAL volunteer and for Attorney GAL.