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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: pre-service and continued in-service. 
 

NEW VOLUNTEER PRE-SERVICE TRAINING 

Before you become a CASA/GAL you must attend 30 hours of pre-service training which is funded, coordinated and facilitated by the Wood County CASA/GAL Program. Pre-service training includes online and classroom sessions, as well as court room observation.
 
Our next CASA/GAL class is scheduled to begin in October 2020.  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 a CASA Program staff member or email us at casa@co.wood.oh.usWe have children in need of your support and advocacy.  
 
 
CONTINUED IN-SERVICE 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 throughout 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. 
Please go to this link to access the list of online classes available. From this page click on a link to register.
 
Also, here is the link to the 2020 Ohio Guardian ad Litem Education Program Continuing Education Series Information: