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.

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Child and Family Advocates Selected as CIFF42 Community Partner

The French film, Custody, a Venice International Film Festival Winner 2017

The French film, CUSTODY  or (Jusqu'à La Garde) shown here as part of the Cleveland International Film Festival of 2018, provides insight into the trauma and manipulation often faced by children in divorce and juvenile court custody battles.

Synopsis: Miriam and Antoine Besson have divorced, and Miriam is seeking sole custody of their son Julien to protect him from a father she claims is violent. Antoine pleads his case as a scorned dad and the appointed judge rules in favor of joint custody. A hostage to the escalating conflict between his parents, Julien is pushed to the edge to prevent the worst from happening.

Showtimes: Tower City Cinemas
Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 11:40 AM
Friday, April 13, 2018 at 7:00 PM


Tickets are available at this link!

We encourage viewers to keep in mind that community volunteers of all backgrounds and attorneys, whether new, experienced, retired or practicing in other areas of law, are needed in juvenile and domestic relations courts to provide children with a voice in the proceedings and hope for their future where they overcome trauma, gain strength to recognize and defeat manipulation, and form healthy relationships with family members.

Child and Family Advocates of Cuyahoga County ensures that children are assigned trained and qualified Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) volunteers from the community and attorney Guardians ad Litem (GAL) to provide children with the strong voice they need and deserve in abuse, neglect, and custody cases in Juvenile Court.  With the GAL and CASA providing the Court with important information about all aspects of a child's family and life, the Court is able to make a well-informed decision in the best interests of children. A Voice and Hope.

Are you ready to stand up for a child in court?



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