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
Guardian ad Litem Application 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.

What Do CASAs Do?

CASAs listen first, and then they act. CASAs get to know the child by talking to them and with everyone in that child's life: parents and relatives, foster parents, teachers, medical professionals, attorneys, social workers and others. They use the information they gather to inform judges and others of what the child needs and what will be the best permanent home for them.

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Roles and responsibilities of a CASA

  • Know the child - To establish a relationship, the CASA shall have regular and sufficient in-person contact with the child where the child lives, attends school, and participates in community activities so they can ensure that child's voice is heard.
  • Investigation – The CASA shall carry out an objective examination of the situation, including relevant history, environment, relationships, and needs of the child by reviewing all relevant documents and records; interviewing the child, parents, social workers, teachers, and other appropriate persons; and observing the child in his or her natural environments.
  • Advocacy – Identify and make recommendations regarding the best interests of the child to the Juvenile Court and others.
  • Facilitation – Identify resources and services for the child and facilitate a collaborative relationship among all parties involved in the case, helping to create a situation in which the child’s needs are met.
  • Monitoring – Remain actively involved until the case is terminated and the child is in a safe and permanent living environment.ad

Ready to stand up for a child who needs you?