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Fostering Futures Training Curriculum

Three young adultsFostering Futures is a curriculum created by the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association that focuses on improving outcomes for older and emancipating youth (14-21 years of age) served by trained CASA/GAL volunteers. It is a "blended” training curriculum. That is, it features an online component and an in-person component. The online component takes between 2-4 hours and must be completed before the 7-8 hours of in-person class time. 

The Fostering Futures curriculum should only be presented to volunteers who have already completed the full 30-hour pre-service training.

Learn more about Fostering Futures by reading frequently asked questions. (514 KB PDF)

Things to Consider Before Offering Fostering Futures

There are a number of questions a program should ask before making the decision to implement Fostering Futures:

  • Is your core curriculum training well established and running smoothly? An effective pre-service training is always the top training priority.
  • Do you have the time to take on another training? Offering an additional seven-hour training session, even just a couple times a year, is a big time commitment.
  • Do you have the staff resources to take on another training? Do you have someone on staff who can learn and skillfully facilitate a new training? (Please note: We suggest taking a refresher on National CASA Training of Facilitators (TOF) e-learning modules in preparation for offering Fostering Futures.)
  • Do you have the funding to run Fostering Futures? Although the curriculum is provided as a benefit of membership in the National CASA Association, there are still the usual costs associated with any training. Copies of Fostering Futures volunteer manuals will need to be printed for participants; meeting space, AV equipment and refreshments will be needed for the all-day in-person training. 

Fostering Futures Training Materials and Resources 

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