Training

Advocate Training

Prior to starting training, all potential volunteers must submit a written application, attend a personal interview, provide three references, and complete a criminal background check. Training sessions are offered 4 to 5 times a year and include 30 hours of in-class training completed in 8 three-hour sessions, plus an additional 6 hours of independent study and homework. Saturday classes comprise a morning and afternoon session.
 
Training topics include: The Law, The Child Protection System and the Courts; Children and Family Systems; The Impact of Child Abuse and Neglect; Exploring Our Cultural Sensitivity; Educational Advocacy; Healthcare Advocacy; Communication and Interviewing Skills; Information Gathering and Report Writing. Following the completion of training, volunteers are sworn in by a Family Court judge.

Volunteers must attend ALL sessions of a training class to complete the course and be sworn in as a Court Appointed Special Advocate.

Upcoming Training Sessions

February 2018
Evening Classes
Classes held in Newark, NJ


Thursday, February 8
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 10
9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, February 13
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 15
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 17
9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, February 20
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 22
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, February 27
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
April 2018
Evening Classes
Classes held in Newark, NJ

Wednesday, April 11
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 14
9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Monday, April 16
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 18
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 21
9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Monday, April 23
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 25
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Monday, April 30
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
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