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 | | 9300 Quincy Avenue, Cleveland OH 44106

CFACC seeks to hire an Executive Director for CFACC

Executive Director for Child and Family Advocates of Cuyahoga County  cfacclogo.jpg

Cleveland, OH 44106
Salary: $75,000.00 to $95,000.00 /year



Child and Family Advocates of Cuyahoga County (CFACC) improves the lives of children and families involved in the child welfare, family law, and juvenile justice systems in Cuyahoga County through service as Guardians ad Litem (GALs) and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs), and through education and training; develops best practices and policies, and builds collaborative alliances with related organizations; provides charitable assistance to children and families served by the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court.

CFACC seeks to hire an Executive Director for this nonprofit organization.


The Executive Director is responsible for the leadership and management of the organization, including:

  • Leadership of and ensuring the unified operations of the Cuyahoga County Guardian ad Litem Project (GAL Project) and the Court Appointed Special Advocate Program (CASA of Cuyahoga County)
  • Collaboration with the Juvenile Court and community stakeholders, identifying, establishing and implementing the CFACC priorities
  • Direction and oversight of new and continuing projects
  • Pursuit of the CFACC vision of and commitment to the process by which the legal system interfaces with children and families in the child welfare, family law, and juvenile justice systems
  • Fundraising to sustain and grow CFACC


Board of Directors


  • A JD degree from an accredited law school preferred; admission to the bar and active in the state of Ohio; or a Master’s degree in Public Administration, Business, Social Work, or other relevant discipline
  • At least ten (10) years' experience in the field of child and family law-related matters, especially child welfare, juvenile justice, and family law
  • Experience in program conception, development, and supervision; law and policy development and legal training; project budgeting, personnel management, fiscal management, resource development, and fundraising; strong communication, public speaking, and organizational skills, ability to exercise independent judgment, and ability to work well with a variety of constituencies
  • Experience in a nonprofit or volunteer member setting


  • Reporting to and attending all meetings of the CFACC’s Board of Directors
  • Managing the GAL Project and CASA of Cuyahoga County
  • Keeping up to date on law and policy development related to children and families in child welfare, family law, and juvenile justice practice
  • Assisting in development of child and family advocacy, law-related policies, and best practices in Cuyahoga County
  • Advocating as appropriate through training, writing, speaking, and providing technical assistance for policy development and best practices
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with diverse groups, agencies and organizations, and any other child advocacy agencies and community service organizations
  • Advocating as directed by the Board and as allowed by law
  • Leading strategic planning for the futureof CFACC and its programs
  • Managing the CFACC’sfiscal operations, developing the budget, and ensuring all financial reports have been completed
  • Supporting and strengthening fund-raising initiatives, including grants, contracts, sponsorship, and donations
  • Managing and overseeing CFACC’s communications with the media; ensuring communications are appropriate and consistent with CFACC’s mission
  • Acting as the spokesperson for the CFACC
  • Hiring and supervising the CFACC’sstaff; writing and revising job descriptions of staff; and conducting staff development and performance evaluation
  • Maintaining a flexible schedule for early mornings, evenings, and weekends as necessary for trainings, events, and the organization’s needs.
  • Other duties as assigned