The National CASA Organization quality standards requirements for CASA/GAL volunteers is to attain 12-20 continuing education credits per year. From a CASA to CASA – Case to Case – Child to Child learning, we are providing the educational tools you need with CORE, Elective and Compliance live and online education.


(Continuing Opportunities to Refresh & Educate)
The foundation of effective advocacy for our CASA/GALs starts with pre and post training learning. Our C.O.R.E is designed to prepare and support each CASA/GAL volunteer in the important role as a child advocate.

  • CASA 101 – A refresher in core programmatic information used to update CASA/GAL volunteers
  • Abuse & Neglect Recertification – Course Training Refresher, Compliance & CASA 101
  • Probate Recerfitication – Course Training Refresher, Compliance & CASA 101
  • Optima Training – Refresh and refine your case management skills and ask specific Optima related questions
  • Post Pre-Service Training – Course Training Refresher: Compliance & CASA 101


The electives below offer various subjects that are relevant on a case-by-case experience. These classes are important to build a CASA/GALs foundation of knowledge to increase focus on case related topics. Listed below are the specific case related matters for your continuing education that will be offered on the CASA Kane County Events Calendar.

  • Domestic Violence
  • Foster Care Families
  • Mental Health & Wellness
  • Self-Care
  • Addiction & Substance Abuse
  • Mediation
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Immigration

Monthly Coffee Case Talk

One of our greatest priorities is working together on a CASA to CASA – Case by Case – Child by Child learning, to meet your specific needs.

Monthly Coffee Case Talks are intended to provide a setting for volunteers to discuss specific case needs in small groups in order to promote greater advocacy and collaboration. To request a small group on a specific topic, please use the button below.

Click below for Continuing Education, CASA Special Events & General Information Meetings (GIMs)

Attain your 12-20 continuing education credits by attending a free live continuing education class.  To RSVP to any of the classes offered, please check the event details on the calendar.

Recommended Live CORE and Elective Classes:

Elective – 1 credit

Friday, September 28
8:00 am – 9:00 am

Join us for coffee and a safe place for you to talk openly about your specific case needs with an Advocate Supervisor and other CASA/GAL Volunteers.


Elective – 2 credits

Wednesday, October 16
11:30 am – 1:00 pm

In a perfect world, closing a case is supposed to be well thought out and planned. However, for many reasons, that does not always happen. Saying goodbye to a child you have invested so much time and emotional energy into can be difficult. During this hour, we will discuss ways to cope with case closure. Join CASA Kane County as we host Deb Conley.

Elective – 2 credits

Tuesday, October 15
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Researchers have recently discovered a dangerous biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect during childhood. As the new documentary Resilience reveals, toxic stress can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children. A short discussion with Jennifer Samartano will follow the film.

Continuing Education Common Questions

Contact Maha McDiarmid, Director of Training & Education 630-444-3106 or email at

Contact Maha McDiarmid, Director of Training & Education at 630-444-3106 or email at  She will work directly with the supervisor as a team and triage approach to meet your needs.

Are we meeting your educational needs?

Please recommend here:
  • Small groups on specific topics you would like to attend that pertain to your case.
  • Case related subjects you want to learn more about for greater continuing education.
  • Share thoughts and experiences on your case that are related to our children, courts, agencies and outside influences.


If you have questions related to education, please contact Maha McDiarmid, Director of Training and Education at or by calling 630-444-3016.