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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 35 hours of pre-service training which is funded, coordinated and facilitated by the Wood County CASA/GAL Program. Pre-service training sessions are held every other month. This training includes an opportunity to spend five hours observing in the court process. The training is both online and classroom setting. 
 
Our next CASA/GAL class will begin in the May 2019. 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.usWe have children in need of your support and advocacy.  

 
 
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.