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 | info@cfadvocates.org | 9300 Quincy Avenue, Cleveland OH 44106

CASA Court Appointed Special Advocates of Cuyahoga CountyCourt Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) are qualified, trained, and supervised community volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused, neglected, and dependent children involved with the Juvenile Court, in collaboration with key agencies and significant individuals in their lives.

2017 CASA of the Year

Steve Friedman, 2017 CASA of the Year

Congratulations to Steve Friedman!

Steve attended our very first CASA pre-service training and has represented 6 children over this last year.  I'll never forget when Steve called me, right after accepting his first case.  He was in disbelief over the 17-year-old child that he was assigned to advocate for, who weighed 38 pounds, and was severely brain damaged resulting in profound developmental delays.  This child was born premature, had severe cerebral palsy, was blind, and had various other health conditions.  The child had not received any specialized educational or therapeutic interventions.
~ By Michele Blazina, Program Director

 
Steve hit the ground running and did not stop.  He facilitated medical treatment, educational services, and services through the Board of developmental disabilities, he kept in contact with all the various providers, and over time built a positive relationship with the mother.  Steve has tirelessly fought for each child he has worked with.  He is gentle, has a strong ability to gain the trust of the families he works with, and is genuine.
~ By Vida Johnson, Volunteer Coordinator