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
Attorney Information & Statement of Interest Form to the Guardian ad Litem Project.

216-443-3377 | info@cfadvocates.org | 9300 Quincy Avenue, Cleveland OH 44106

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Higher Cred: Ohio's Court Management Program

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 1:34pm
Courts are mirrors that reflect the pressing issues society is facing – from the struggles of today’s juveniles and families to the escalation in human trafficking and people addicted to opioids. The need for court employees well-versed in efficient, modern court operations, and able to adapt to ever-changing obligations, is critical for a responsive judicial system that can ensure justice.

Former Judge Who Mediated NFL Settlement in Concussion Cases to Keynote Ohio Dispute Resolution Conference

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 9:31am
A former district court judge and U.S. attorney made headlines a few years ago when he served as the court-appointed mediator in a settlement between the NFL and 4,500 retired players over alleged concussion-related brain injuries.

31 Victims of Attorney Theft Reimbursed Nearly $200,000

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 2:31pm
Nearly $200,000 was awarded to 31 victims of attorney theft, following a vote of the Board of Commissioners of the Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection on Dec. 1.

New Series of Courthouse Videos Premieres

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 2:35pm
The newest set of mini documentaries about Ohio’s 88 county courthouses begins airing Dec. 4.

Board of Professional Conduct Schedules Two Disciplinary Hearings for December

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 4:35pm
The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct today announced December disciplinary hearings involving attorneys charged with professional misconduct.

New Court Videos Hope to Help Foster Children Seek Self-Sufficiency

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 10:33am
Ohio will soon have a new program to help foster children, who have aged out of the foster care system get the resources they need.

Thirteen Disciplinary Cases Set by BPC

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 5:32pm
The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct today announced the certification of 13 new cases for formal disciplinary proceedings.

Ohio Court Professionals Complete Executive Training Program

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 3:44pm
With 37 more court professionals achieving national certification this week, Ohio now employs nearly 300 Certified Court Managers working in courts statewide.

Chief Justice Issues Statement

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 1:43pm
Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor of the Supreme Court of Ohio issued this statement today: “I condemn in no uncertain terms Justice O’Neill’s Facebook post. No words can convey my shock.This gross disrespect for women shakes the public’s confidence in the integrity of the judiciary.”

Grants Available for Local Courts to Implement Technology Projects

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 9:45am
Ohio courts may now apply for a new round of grants from the Ohio Supreme Court for technology projects designed to remove barriers to the efficient and effective administration of justice.

Bar Admission Ceremonies Feature 600 Participating New Attorneys

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 3:51pm
Nearly 600 attorneys were admitted to practice law in Ohio during two bar ceremonies at the historic Ohio Theatre.

More than 600 New Attorneys to Join the Practice of Law

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 1:04pm
The justices of the Ohio Supreme Court will welcome more than 600 new attorneys to the state’s legal profession during two ceremonies in Columbus on Monday, Nov. 13.

Pakistani and Indian Visitors Tour Ohio Supreme Court

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 3:21pm
Members of the Legislative Fellows Program, sponsored by the U.S. State Department, visited Ohio state government recently as guests of the local International Visitors Council.

Client Protection Fund Releases Figures for Lawyer Theft

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 4:48pm
The Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection in Ohio awarded $841,226.87 for 158 claims of attorney theft, according to the fund’s annual report for fiscal year 2017 released today.

Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation Celebrates Legal Aid Day

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 2:35pm
The Ohio Capitol Rotunda was the setting for 60 volunteers and legal aid staffers to pay tribute to Legal Aid Day.

Attorneys’ Ohio Law Licenses Suspended for Failing to Register with Supreme Court

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 2:28pm
The Ohio Supreme Court on Nov. 1 suspended the Ohio law licenses of 191 attorneys who failed to register with the Office of Attorney Services for the biennium that began Sept 1, 2017 and ends Aug. 31, 2019.

Attorney Services Fund Annual Report Released

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 11:01am
Nearly $9 million in fees collected from lawyers, including registration fees, supported attorney services programs in Ohio during the last fiscal year.

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