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 | info@cfadvocates.org | 9300 Quincy Avenue, Cleveland OH 44106

Resources

Parenting and Other Resources

CCDCFS Resources for Kinship Caregivers
Joyner and Associates Offers a terrific free drug education class in downtown Cleveland, Mentor and Bay Village. This is an excellent resource for GALs, parents and the general public.
Parenting Time Resources Guide
CCDCFS Client Resources

Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court's forms for Custody and Visitation (Directed to the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court website)

These forms are offered with the proviso that although you have the right to represent yourself, we recommend that you retain an attorney experienced in the practice of Juvenile Law.

If you are representing yourself, you will still have to become knowledgeable of the applicable Ohio Rules of Civil Procedure, all applicable statutory laws, and the Local Rules of Court.

Application to determine Custody or Visitation

Motion to Modify Custody or Visitation

Parenting Time & Holiday Schedules

These forms were drafted in conformity with the Standard Visitation Guidelines adopted by the Juvenile court and proposed Local Rule 29: Parenting Time/Shared Parenting. Use of these forms will not guarantee court approval. The court will review any agreements to ensure that the proposed schedules are in the child's best interest.

Shared Parenting Plan
Standard Parenting Time Schedule