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

CASA/GAL Resources

Resources for supplemental information to the CASA Training Manual.

CHILD WELFARE

Administration for Children & Families, a division of the Department of Health & Human Services

Administration for Children & Families (ACF)—Children’s Bureau

American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC), Strengthening Practice Through Knowledge.

Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare, working to improve outcomes for children and families in child welfare.

Center on Child Abuse & Neglect (CCAN), OU's Physicians Center on Child Abuse and Neglect.

Child Abuse Prevention Network, the World Wide Internet Nerve Center for professionals in the field of child abuse and neglect.

ChildTrauma Academy, seeks to help maltreated and traumatized children.

Child Welfare Information Gateway, protecting children - strengthening families.

Child Welfare League of America (CWLA), together making children and families a National priority.

A Family’s Guide to the Child Welfare System

The Judges Page Newsletter, National CASA Judicial Leadership Council.

Kempe Foundation, for the prevention & treatment of child abuse & neglect.

Kinnect Ohio, our goal is to develop partnerships that transform beliefs, values, and actions to achieve permanency for all children in the shortest time possible.

Kinnect Video, short film documenting the reality of the traumatic impact that the foster care experience has on children.

Missing & Exploited Children’s Training Programs, committed to provide training, technical assistance and resources.

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, the nation's clearinghouse & comprehensive reporting center for all issues related to the prevention of and recovery from child victimization.

National Children’s Advocacy Center, models, promotes, and delivers excellence in child abuse response and prevention through service, education, and leadership.

National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA)

National Sex Offender Registry

Native Child Alliance (NACA)

Parents’ Action for Children

Prevent Child Abuse (PCA) America

RISE Magazine

Society for Research in Child Development

LAW & ADVOCACY

CULTURAL COMPETENCE

AFRICAN AMERICANS

AMERICAN INDIANS & NATIVE AMERICANS

ARAB & MIDDLE EASTERN AMERICANS

ASIAN AMERICANS

DEAF AMERICANS

ESL RESOURCES

EUROPEAN AMERICANS

GAY, LESBIAN, BISEXUAL & TRANSGENDER PEOPLE

IMMIGRATION RESOURCES

LATINO/HISPANIC AMERICANS

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

ANIMAL ABUSE

SUBSTANCE ABUSE

POVERTY

CHILD DEVELOPMENT

MEDICAL/PSYCHOLOGICAL

EDUCATION ISSUES

DISABILITY RESOURCES

PERMANENCE

OTHER ISSUES

CONFLICT RESOLUTION

NATIONAL CASA BOOK LIST