Resources for CASA of the Pines Volunteers


In order to keep current with issues that relate to the volunteer role, our volunteers are required to complete 12 hours of continuing education per year.

Upon completion of any of these continuing education opportunities, don't forget to document in Optima or inform your casework supervisor.  CASA of the Pines hopes these resources help every CASA in their journey to providing advocacy to abused and neglected children.

Optima link & Forms

Contact your Casework Supervisor if you need your account information and password.  Otherwise, click above on the link to begin your documentation process.  It is user-friendly and keeps you connected!

Click on the Optima Guide above if you need instructions on how to use Optima. 

If you ever need one on one help please feel free to contact the CASA of the Pines staff. We are always glad to walk you through the steps to help you learn how to better use the system. 

Continuing education links

The Texas CASA Learning Center is a great resource for CASA Advocates to get great information, continuing education opportunities, and much more.  Click on the image below to access. 


This Child Welfare Information Gateway site has a lot of podcasts that you can use for continuing education.  This one is about helping foster children that are expectant teens.  You can listen to these on Spotify and other sources. 


They are good because you can listen to them on road trips, cleaning house, etc.  A good activity to do while multitasking. :)

In this eye-opening talk about the impact of race and neighborhood on foster-care decisions, social worker Jessica Pryce shares a promising solution to help child welfare agencies make bias-free assessments about when to remove children from their families. "Let's work together to build a system that wants to make families stronger instead of pulling them apart," Pryce says.