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
Guardian ad Litem Application to the Guardian ad Litem Project.

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The Judith Layne Fund

The Judith Lane Fund at Child and Family Advocates of Cuyahoga County (CFACC) is a special giving vehicle designed to recognize and honor the legacy of CFACC Founding Executive Director Judith Layne. While thejudithlaynefund.png
establishing the fund on August 16, 2018, the Board of Directors described Judy as “a pioneer with a vision...she became a voice for the children...and inspired like-minded advocates.”

Judy served as the Executive Director of CFACC from July 2016 to June 2018. Under Judy’s leadership, CFACC combined the existing services of the Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Project with the newer volunteer initiative of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), both designed to provide quality representation of the best interests of children involved in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems in Cuyahoga County. By overseeing the service of Guardians Ad Litem (GAL) and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Judy ensured that education and training, child advocacy, best practices, peer review and child-welfare policy development was advanced through collaborative alliances with the Juvenile Court and related community organizations.

Prior to serving as the founding Executive Director of CFACC, Judy served for 15 years as the Administrator of the GAL Project housed within the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. Judy attended Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, earning her J.D. in 1991. Gifts and pledges to the Judith Layne Fund at CFACC will support a wide variety of services provided to at-risk children including training for new GALs and CASAs, the Books GALore program, an initiative to provide books to foster children of all ages, the CFACC Holiday Wish List Program, and much, much more.


You may call 216.443.3377 to process your gift by phone. Or you may return THIS FORM to: Child and Family Advocates of Cuyahoga County, 9300 Quincy Ave 3rd Floor, Cleveland, OH 44106 or scan and email to: info@cfadvocates.org.