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.
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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