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. 


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 in-person and Google classroom sessions, as well as court room observation.
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 memberWe have children in need of your support and advocacy.  
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 six 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.

 Did you know?

CASA Continuing Education offerings can be found on the Ohio CASA website here:
The Ohio Supreme Court offers online GAL training through their website, as well as live webinar trainings throughout the year for those currently a CASA/GAL volunteer and for Attorney GAL. 
Here is the link to the Ohio Guardian ad Litem Education Program Continuing Education Series Information: