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.

216-443-3377 | | 9300 Quincy Avenue, Cleveland OH 44106

Basic Psychopathology of Children

Fri, August 10th 2018 12:30pm to 4:30pm

Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court
9300 Quincy Avenue
Human Resource Training Room- 3rd Floor
Cleveland, Ohio 44106



12:30 - 1:00p


1:00p - 1:30p Exploring experience  - Evaluating information about hearings with children, types of cases worked , and the purpose of initial and subsequent contacts with children.
1:30p - 2:00p

Interviewing Skills - General principles and development aspects.

2:00p - 3:00p

Relationship building - Answering children's questions, modeling trughfulness, dealing with uncomfortable queries, and sharing personal infromation.

3:00p - 3:15p BREAK
3:15p - 3:45p Special Contexts and Considerations - Lying, coaching, mental health/disability aspects, crisis intervention, and witness information.
3:45p - 4:30p Evaluating Interviews (Recorded Interviews)
4:30p Adjourn

This course has been submitted to the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Continuing Legal Education for 3.25 total CLE hour(s).

This training has been partially funded through a contract between Ohio CASA and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Ohio CASA supports local CASA/GAL programs throughout Ohio with training, technical assistance, legislative support, and standards implementation, so volunteers may advocate for abused, neglected and dependent children in the court system. This training is also supported by grant number, 2018-VOCA-109147015, awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office for Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, through the Ohio Attorneys General’s Office. Victims of crime will be served.