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

90.3 WCPN Radio Interview

90.3 WCPN Radio Interview

On July 25, Judy Layne, Executive Director; Irene Rennillo, Child and Family Advocates board member and GAL; and Kevin O'Boyle, Child and Family Advocates board member and CASA volunteer, made an appearance on 90.3 WCPN with host, Mike McIntyre, to discuss the need for CASA Volunteers in Cuyahoga County. 

Please click here to watch!  Click the gavel picture above to listen, or scroll down to the Ohio Channel On Demand video. The video interview takes place at the 30 minute mark on Ohio Channel On Demand.


Later on that evening, Administrative Judge Kristen Sweeney, made a televised appearance on PBS WVIZ to speak about Cuyahoga County's most vulnerable children and the need for CASA volunteers to speak up for abused and neglected children. Please click here or the image below to watch!  The video starts at the 18 minute mark.

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