The CAST (Child Advocacy Studies) minor was created as a collaborative approach to training and educating front line professionals and the next generation of child welfare practitioners. The core UIS CAST courses are certified by the ZERO Abuse Project and UIS Cast students are eligible for a certificate as proof of their knowledge, skills and abilities in child maltreatment prevention and intervention.  Upon completion for the 15-hour minor, students are eligible to receive credit for both the minor at UIS as well as the certificate awarded externally. Students may complete the CAST minor on-campus or fully online.