Continuing Education (CE) is not only a requirement from National CASA.
It is also the key to increasing our abilities to be exceptional for the children who rely upon us.
CASAs are expected to earn a minimum of 12 CE hours each calendar year. All hours are logged into Optima and approved by your Advocate Manager.
Need Info about a Specific Topic? Email Sharie.
Open the Excel file for the list of available titles. Sort by topic, title, or author. Click on titles to view descriptions.
Please return the title to the CASA office when you are finished. Thank you.
A new CASA report format rolled out in October 2021. Highlights of the changes include:
entries by child rather than date
paragraph summaries of topics
increased story-like verbiage
list of best interest bullet points
These resources are to help you learn the new format.
Sample Template (see Optima for actual
template for a specific case)
Each case has an individualized template available in Optima.
CASA of McHenry County RECORDINGS
View previous sessions hosted by CASA of McHenry County, including Lunch & Learn and Fall Conference sessions.
Bikers Against Child Abuse with Hopper & Jasper, B.A.C.A. (6/23)
Participating in Case Meetings with Staff and Samantha Becker, DCFS (5/23)
Independent Living with Tracy Reilly, Catholic Charities (4/23)
Impact of IPV on Kids in Care with Elyssa Crowley, Turning Point (3/23)
Responding to Disclosure with Jennifer Samartano, PCA IL (2/23)
Legal Screening with Natalie Kase, DCFS Attorney (1/23)
IEPs & 504s: What a CASA Can Do with Harold Sweeney (11/22)
IEPs & 504s with Aundrea Nabors, Education Advocate, DCFS
PFLAG McHenry with Toni Weaver and Carol Fetzner (10/22)
Safe Families with Mindy Amodeo and AnneMarie Mattey (5/22)
Attending Court with CASA Staff (4/22)
How to Testify at a TPR with ASAs Mary Ann Scholl & Brett Dunbar (3/22)
Foster Parent Support Specialist with Rebecca Thomas (11/21)