Virtual Training Opportunity Extended for Volunteers in Gila County

Need for Court Appointed Special Advocates in Gila County continues to increase.

Throughout the month of June, CASA of Gila County is utilizing a virtual meeting platform to offer the CASA of Arizona pre-service training.

“Our need for local volunteers for our children from Gila County communities who are living in foster care settings, continues to increase” said Nader. “We need adults who can commit to advocating for the child and the child’s needs. We hope that by offering training that can be completed from home, we will come back from this pandemic with a strong volunteer base to meet the number of children in care.”

Applying to become a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer is easy!

Apply online at

CASA of Gila County will contact applicant with upcoming pre-service training dates.

Choose training date that best fits your schedule and get started!

Pass background checks and complete observations.

Swearing in with presiding judge.

CASA of Arizona is offering a flexible pre-service training in an online interactive virtual environment. This training opportunity will be completed in a six week training cohort that includes meeting live once a week with your training group, online discussions with the trainers and other CASA applicants, and online activities to enhance learning. The deadline for registering for the online course is quickly approaching. Apply today!

“I have several community members who tell me they would volunteer for our children in foster care but they do not have the time to commit to the initial training,” said Emily Nader, CASA Coordinator. “This is a fantastic opportunity for those who fall into that group! They can complete their application online, complete all pre-service training from home in a live training session, and then when we can meet in person, we will complete the process.”

CASA of Gila County is looking for adults who have a heart for children and are willing to be the voice of a child living in foster care.  No special background or education is required to become a CASA volunteer. We encourage people from all cultures and professions, and of all ethnic and educational backgrounds. Once accepted into the program, you will receive all necessary training in courtroom procedures, social services, the juvenile justice system and the special needs of abused and neglected children.

Requirements include:

At least 21 years old.

Willing to complete necessary background checks, provide references and participate in an interview.

Complete a minimum of 30 hours of pre-service training.

Availability for court appearances, with advance notice.

Willing to commit to advocating for the child/children until the case is closed.

To learn more about becoming a CASA volunteer, call 928-402-4427, email Emily Nader at [email protected] or visit