Become a CASA

The first step on your journey to becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate is to fill out your pre-application today!

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 | [email protected] | 9300 Quincy Avenue, Cleveland OH 44106

About Books Galore


You can help the Books Galore Program enrich the lives of abused, neglected and needy children served by the Guardians ad Litem, Court Appointed Special Advocates, and the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court with your donation. Bring your new or gently used book donations to the JJC. We will have collection boxes located around the building for your convenience.

How are the books distributed?

Guardians ad Litem (GALs) and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) give books to children they represent in Juvenile Court. The children keep the books to start or build their very own library.
GALs and CASAs choose books for each child based on the child’s reading level and interests and give them to the child during home visits. This act of kindness inspires some of the children to pay it forward by donating the books back to the program when they're done reading them.


Some courtrooms use the books to encourage family time by assigning some of the youth to read to their younger siblings.  Toddlers often come to the Juvenile Justice Center to wait for parents' or siblings' cases to be heard. GALs, Court Staff, and Sheriff's Deputies have books on hand to give to these children.


Some of the books are used for reading and tutoring groups in the Detention Center. 


Please help us provide books to every child served by GALs, CASAs, and the Juvenile Court.

Child and Family Advocates of Cuyahoga County is a non-profit 501(c)3 charitable organization. We improve the lives of children and families involved in the juvenile justice, child welfare, and family law systems through service as Guardians ad litem and Court Appointed Special Advocates; education and training, advocacy, practice, and policy development; and collaborative alliances with related organizations. We provide books for abused, neglected, dependent, and needy children in Cuyahoga County. Your donation may be tax deductible. Consult your tax advisor for more information.