SBcasaAfter years of service in the classroom, educators have insight into the needs of children—that’s why they make some of the best CASA volunteers! However, we know the demands of teaching leave little time during the school year to complete the mandatory 30 hours of CASA training. Therefore, CASA is now hosting an Accelerated Learning program specifically geared for educators this summer.

The training will take place July 11-15, from 9am-3pm, in Santa Maria, plus court observation Monday, July 18, from 8:30-noon.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children recruits, trains, and supports volunteers to serve as a voice for abused and neglected children in court, at school, and in their community. Many children in foster care are found to be delayed in their education and are at greater risk for falling further behind in school. A CASA volunteer can have a big role in advocating for children with special education needs.

In 2015, 438 children were represented by a CASA volunteer. However, another 60 children remain on the waitlist. To learn more about CASA call (805)739-9102 x2594 or visit our website at