Become a CASA

The first step on your journey to becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate is to
download our application

Download this ODFJS Central Registry Request You need to fill out this form to request ODFJS to check your name against "Central Registry", a database that looks for any referrals or complaints about child abuse and neglect. Once you receive these results, please give them to the CASA office. You cannot be Sworn In as a CASA volunteer until these results are obtained. Because this process can take 6 weeks to process, please fill out this form ASAP.

GAL Annual Compliance Statement

Make sure you have turned in your compliance statement for this year. The Annual Compliance form is made available to you on our website for your convenience. Please click on the link and start filling out the PDF to register your annual compliance Annual Compliance Form

Become a GAL

To become a Guardian ad litem for the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court, attorneys must attend New Guardian ad Litem Training (pre-service training), which the Guardian ad Litem Project offers. New GAL Training will be announced shortly. We hold this training cooperatively with the Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court.

Once an attorney completes New Guardian ad Litem Training, the attorney must submit an
Attorney Information & Statement of Interest Form to the Guardian ad Litem Project.

216-443-3377 | | 9300 Quincy Avenue, Cleveland OH 44106

Child and Family Advocates of Cuyahoga County Mission StatementChild and Family Advocates of Cuyahoga County (CFACC) approaches child advocacy in a unique way. GALs and CASAs are assigned as partners to advocate for the best interests of the children in a family, whether one child or a sibling group. This dual representation enhances the quality of advocacy provided for children in the Juvenile Court. Both the CASA and GAL bring different skills and different perspectives; however, each has one common goal – providing the highest quality advocacy for the best interests of each child.

CFACC Accepting Applications

Child and Family Advocates of Cuyahoga County Accepting Applications for Executive Director

CFACC has formed a Search Committee to fill the position of Executive Director, see more details here.

The Executive Director is responsible for leading this nonprofit organization in its child-focused mission and vision, by managing the Guardian ad Litem (GAL) and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) programs, developing new programming, and guiding CFACC in achieving its strategic objectives. CFACC is seeking an experienced professional with excellent communication skills, experience in managing a nonprofit organization, engaging staff, volunteers, and community partners in a mission-driven environment.

The Executive Director oversees committees of the Board of Directors, Strategic Planning, Human Resources, Development, Budget and Funding, Marketing, Community Engagement, and Recruitment.

Candidates should apply on or send a cover letter and resume indicating their interest in the position, qualifications, and salary requirements in confidence to:

Child and Family Advocates of Cuyahoga County
Attn: Steven E. Wolkin, President
820 West Superior Avenue, Suite 510
Cleveland, Ohio 44113



Want to give back to the profession? Now is your chance!

Want to give back to the profession? Now is your chance! By serving on the Child and Family Advocates of Cuyahoga County Board (CFACC).

Help lead Child & Family Advocates of Cuyahoga County into the future by nominating a colleague or yourself. Now more than ever, the Child & Family Advocates of Cuyahoga County’s work to support and inspire guardian ad litems, child advocates, and volunteers is critical.

Apply to serve on the 2018-2019 Child & Family Advocates of Cuyahoga County Board of Directors!  read more ...

90.3 WCPN Radio Interview

90.3 WCPN Radio Interview

On July 25, Judy Layne, Executive Director; Irene Rennillo, Child and Family Advocates board member and GAL; and Kevin O'Boyle, Child and Family Advocates board member and CASA volunteer, made an appearance on 90.3 WCPN with host, Mike McIntyre, to discuss the need for CASA Volunteers in Cuyahoga County. 

Please click here to watch!  Click the gavel picture above to listen, or scroll down to the Ohio Channel On Demand video. The video interview takes place at the 30 minute mark on Ohio Channel On Demand.


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