Through training, future CASAs learn the innards of court work while also how to balance that process with the interest of kids. They are trained on how to respond when a child desires to go to back to an abusive home because, unfortunately, that is all they know. They learn how to approach these delicate topics and create a bond with the children and help guide them to a safer situation. A big challenge is to put oneself into the mind of a four year old. At so young, children see the world differently, so building a trust is a must.
This intensive training is not the only part of the weekly meetings. Each week, a guest speaker comes and presents a personal side or opinion about what it means to be a CASA and part of the system. Last week, Virginia Strunk of Family Time gave her personal story about her work as a CASA and encouraged the volunteers about the importance their time and energy means to the kids.
Soon enough, March 6 will arrive and these trainees will sworn-in as a full fledged Court Appointed Special Advocates!