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

gallogox32.pngGuardians ad litem (GAL) promote proficient and skillful representation of the interests of children and others before the Juvenile Court, to vindicate their rights, and achieve their best interests as valued members of our community.

When You Become a GAL

Becoming a Guardian ad litem (GAL) for the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court, attorneys must attend New Guardian ad Litem Training (pre-service training), which the Child and Family Advocates of Cuyahoga County offers. We hold this training cooperatively with the Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court.

View the GAL Project's informational brochure.

The Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court requires GALs to be attorneys in good standing in Ohio, to maintain professional liability insurance, and to comply with Rule 48 of the Rules of Superintendence. Once an attorney completes New Guardian ad Litem Training, the attorney must submit an Attorney Information and Statement of Interest form to the Guardian ad Litem Project. Once an attorney is approved as a guardian ad litem for the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court, a mentor is assigned to assist the new GAL as they begin accepting GAL appointments.