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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 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.

Recording - How to Write Reports

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.


Lunch & Learn sessions hosted by CASA of McHenry County:

Responding to a Child's Mental Health Crisis with Rosecrance (4/24)

IEPs for CASA Kids from a Teacher's Point of View with CASA Angela Neuzil and CASA Board Member Jay Schwarzrock (3/24)

What DV Looks Like in Children with Kate Webster, CAC & FVCC (2/24)

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)

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