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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.

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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.


            Book & Video Catalog

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

  • reduced/eliminated quotes

  • increased story-like verbiage

  • list of best interest bullet points

These resources are to help you learn the new format.


Sample Good Report

Sample Template (see Optima for actual
                     template for a specific case)

Acronyms List

Report Writing Tips

Each case has an individualized template available in Optima.


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)

KIN & ROAN House Services with Amber Rakoczy (2/22)

Foster Parent Support Specialist with Rebecca Thomas (11/21)

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