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Child Advocacy Studies


Who will benefit from CAST?

People working in these fields:

  • Early Childhood Education 
  • Secondary Education
  • Nursing
  • Pre-medicine
  • Criminal Justice
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Other Social Services


Why is CAST Important?

  • In 2008, there were 873,879 cases of maltreatment reported. 
  • Teachers and school personnel reported nearly 17% of these cases.
  • Law enforcement personnel reported 16.3% of these cases. 
  • Medical and mental health personnel reported 12.6% of these cases.
  • Social services personnel reported 10.6% of these cases.  


Child Advocacy Studies Training (CAST) is a certificate program for people interested in fields that work with children.  You will learn how to effectively contribute to the work of different child protection agencies as they advocate on behalf of child victims and survivors of child abuse.


You will be educated, trained, and equipped with the skills needed to identify child abuse and neglect. Most importantly, you will develop the confidence to know how, when, where, and to whom to report abuse, and to protect abused children from further harm.


Get a Leg up on Your Competition

Let’s face it, the job market is becoming more and more competitive, and the CAST certificate program will give students enhanced job skills for working with children and an edge when they go out to compete in the job market.


Enhance your Learning with Real-Life Experience and Training

Internships and contacts with children’s agencies in the area will provide hands-on experience and an overall insight into all aspects of child protective agencies and the duties those agencies perform. This real-life experience and training will provide enhanced job skills when you enter the job market.


Get Started

Apply to Shoreline and begin the process leading to your successful completion of this certificate.