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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Apply to serve on the 2018–2019 Child & Family Advocates of Cuyahoga County

Want to give back to the profession? Now is your chance! By serving on the Child and Family Advocates of Cuyahoga County Board (CFACC).boardcfacc.png

Child and Family Advocates of Cuyahoga County is recruiting dedicated, passionate individuals to fill various roles on our Board of Directors.

CFACC improves 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.

  • There are almost 2,700 abused and neglected children in Cuyahoga County
  • Currently CFACC supports 133 GALs and 73 CASAs advocating for children
  • There is a great need for more CFACC advocates

Open positions

The CFACC Nominating Committee is looking for volunteer leaders to serve in the following positions:

Vice President

We encourage you to contact our Nominating Committee for a Board Candidate Pack which provides essential information for a role on the CFACC Board as well as:

History, Mission and Goals
Expectations and desired competencies
Committee Commitments

Please note CFACC’s Conflict of Interest Policy, which limits active committee members’ ability to undertake paid work with the organization.

How to apply

Complete an online application form.

Please be prepared to provide the following items for your application:

☐ Completed online application form
☐ Cover letter/statement
☐ Current résumé or curriculum vitae
☐ 60-second video
☐ Upon submission of application, you’ll be asked to share 3–5 names and email addresses of individuals you have worked with or for in a volunteer capacity—not the same as references.

Any questions?

Please reach out to the governance department at