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.

About CASA

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Cuyahoga County Children need protection and care

  • At the end of 2014 there were 5,141 open cases at the Division of Children and Family Services
  • In 2013, 61% of the children in custody were African American
  • Older children are aging out of care without the “safety net” of family

CASAs offer high quality advocacy

  • CASAs handle 1-2 cases at a time
  • Judges, attorneys, child welfare workers, and parents overwhelmingly report CASAs make a difference with the children they serve

CASAs get results

  • Children with CASAs spend 7.5 fewer months in foster care, experience fewer out of home placements and have significantly improved educational performance
  • More than 90% of children with CASAs never reenter the child welfare system, a significant difference compared to the general foster care population

CASA programs are cost-effective

  • By reducing long-term placements, subsequent victimization, and reentry into the foster care system, CASA programs reduce child welfare costs
  • CASA programs inform and engage the community
  • CASA programs involve community volunteers in the courts, educating them about the needs and interests of abused and neglected children and encouraging them to accept ownership of the problems and solutions for these children