Child and Family Advocates of Cuyahoga County (CFACC) improves the lives of children and families involved in the juvenile justice, child welfare, and family law systems through service as Guardians Ad Litem and Court Appointed Special Advocates; education and training, advocacy, practice, and policy development; and collaborative alliances with related organizations.
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.
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