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

Child and Family Advocates of Cuyahoga County Mission StatementChild and Family Advocates of Cuyahoga County (CFACC) approaches child advocacy in a unique way. GALs and CASAs are assigned as partners to advocate for the best interests of the children in a family, whether one child or a sibling group. This dual representation enhances the quality of advocacy provided for children in the Juvenile Court. Both the CASA and GAL bring different skills and different perspectives; however, each has one common goal – providing the highest quality advocacy for the best interests of each child.

About Us

Child and Family Advocates of Cuyahoga County (CFACC) approaches child advocacy in a unique way. GALs and CASAs are assigned as partners to advocate for the best interests of the children in a family, whether one child or a sibling group. This dual representation model enhances the quality of representation advocacy provided for children in the Juvenile Court. Both the CASA and GAL bring different skills and different perspectives; however, each has one common goal – providing the highest quality advocacy for the best interests of each child. We advocate for children and families in the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court.

We advocate for children and families in the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court.
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Child and Family Advocates of Cuyahoga County (CFACC) has developed into one of the most comprehensive advocacy programs of its kind in the country. CFACC was newly formed in 2016 to incorporate the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Project’s attorney guardian ad litem services with the services of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).


With the support of the CMBA and child welfare partners, the GAL Project began the development of a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program in 2014. Volunteer community members, known as CASAs, are assigned to cases with attorney GALs to provide high quality advocacy for abused and neglected children in the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court. CASA of Cuyahoga County is now up and running, with the first group of volunteers sworn in to service in January of 2016.CASA of Cuyahoga County achieved full program membership to the National CASA Association in October, 2016.

In September, 2016, the GAL Project and CASA of Cuyahoga County joined forces as the newly formed Child and Family Advocates of Cuyahoga County. Dedicated staff, attorney GALs, and CASA volunteers promise to take child advocacy in Cuyahoga County to the next level with the support of the Juvenile Court and our community’s child welfare partners.

There are many ways for you to make a difference, we need your help to give children hope for their future. Click here to find out how You Can Make A Difference.