In-Service Opportunities for CASA Volunteers

Each Court Appointed Special Advocate is required to complete a minimum of 12 hours of in-service activities per year. At your request, we are making the opportunities for our volunteers to earn their hours more frequent and more flexible.

When you have completed an in-service training, please complete the Volunteer Activity Form and either email it to staff@pgcasa.org, fax it to us at 301-209-0492 or give it to your Case Supervisor during your next meeting. 

In-Person Trainings

Check our events section for upcoming training opportunities.

Self-Directed In-Service Opportunities

Combating Cyber-Bullying– 1 Hour

This recording of an in-service training that was offered by CASA reviews the definition of cyber-bullying, how it happens, the impact as well as how to keep youth safe.  After reviewing the training, please make sure to note the in-service credit on your Volunteer Activities form and return it to the CASA office at 301-209-0492 (fax), or scan and email the form to staff@pgcasa.org.  

Getting to know the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) – 2 Hours

This exercise will help familiarize CASA volunteers with COMAR. Volunteers must print out the pdf, fill in all of the answers and either fax the form to the CASA office at 301-209-0492, or scan and email the form to staff@pgcasa.org

Volunteer Toolkit and Resource Scavenger Hunt2 Hours
This exercise will help familiarize volunteers with the resources now available to them. After answering each question, list the corresponding resource or pdf where the information can be found. Volunteers must print out the pdf, fill in all of the answers and either fax the form to the CASA office at 301-209-0492, or scan and email the form to staff@pgcasa.org

Webinar on Supporting Permanency for LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care1.5 Hours

The webinar discusses serving both LGBTQ youth in care and prospective LGBT foster and adoptive families. Presenters share ways to achieve permanency and promote a sense of community and connectedness for youth who identify as LGBTQ. The webinar focuses on what agencies, front-line staff, and families can do to welcome, understand, accept, and better support the needs of these youth.  After watching the webinar, enter the hours on your Volunteer Activities Form and submit it to the office.

Understanding Substance Use Disorders, Treatment and Family Recovery4 Hours
This tutorial provided by The National Center for Substance Abuse and Child Welfare, will provide a primer on alcohol and drug addiction, substance abuse treatment and recovery, enhancing treatment readiness and treatment effectiveness, as well as discuss cross-system communication and collaboration, as well as provide contact information for other national resources. When you go to the site, you will need to fill in a short online form and the tutorial will be sent to you.  Please select “Understanding Substance Use Disorders, Treatment and Family Recovery: A Guide for Child Welfare Professionals.” In order to receive credit, volunteers should fax the Volunteer Activities Form to the CASA office at 301-209-0492, or scan and email the form to staff@pgcasa.org.

Free tuition Benefits for Former Foster Youth

Dating Matters: Understanding Teen Dating Violence Prevention2 Hours
DATING MATTERS is a free, online course available to educators, school personnel, youth leaders, and others working to improve the health of teens. It features interviews with leading experts, dynamic graphics and interactive exercises, and compelling storytelling to describe what teen dating violence is and how to prevent it. In order to receive credit, volunteers should fax the form to the CASA office at 301-209-0492, or scan and email the Volunteer Activities Form to staff@pgcasa.org.

Monthly Web-Forums – 2 hours each

The Office for Victims of Crime hosts a web forum each month on a different topic. You can submit a question in advance for each month’s web-forum. Questions can be submitted during the web-forum, but a moderator will screen them before they are posted so you should expect a delay. There are more details on how the web-forum works to the right of the screen under Guest Host.

You will also see on the web-forum page a variety of past topics. You can read past transcripts and count them towards your CASA In-Service Hours. If you participate in a live Web-Forum or if you read past transcripts, please send staff an email with the your name, Web-Forum topic. date of Web-Forum and a short paragraph about what you learned or a summary of your thoughts on the topic. You will receive 2 hours of In-Service for each Web-Forum that you participate in. You must send me an email with the above information to have your hours counted.

Read a Book – 3.5 hours

Volunteers who read a book from this list (or another approved book related to foster care and child welfare) and write a report about it will receive 3.5 in-service credit hours*. These books relate to foster care and other life circumstances experienced by many young people in foster care.

I Beat the Odds: From Homeless to the Blind Side and Beyond by Michael Oher

Three Little Words by Ashley Rhodes-Courter

Finding Fish by Antwone Fisher

The Lost Boy; A Child Called It OR The Privilege of Youth by Dave Pelzer

The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore Book Club and Independent Reading Guide

Push by Sapphire 

* In order to receive credit, volunteers should fax the Volunteer Activity Form to the CASA office at 301-209-0492, or scan and email it to staff@pgcasa.org.  Most books are available through the Prince George’s County Public Library System.