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.

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GAL Spotlight - Summer 2017

Megan Walsh, GAL

I decided to become a GAL because I felt it was a good way to get back into the practice of law after I had taken some time off to have my children and be at home with them, and it is a way to be of service to children and families, some of whom are in difficult circumstances.

I have been a GAL since 2008, and have worked with over 40 children.

I like making sure children are in the best possible placements, and getting any help they might need, such as counseling and tutoring.

I have only worked with one CASA so far, and he and I communicate very well about the different issues facing the family. He has been a huge help to me on the case.

Being a GAL has made me appreciate how lucky I am to have my own family; I also like knowing I might have a positive impact on children and their families.

I would tell new GALs that this work can be very challenging and time-consuming, but also very rewarding.

I love to spend my free time reading, and I have four children ages 16-23 and two Boston terrier dogs, who are like my own children.