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.