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.

216-443-3377 | | 9300 Quincy Avenue, Cleveland OH 44106

GAL Project Policy & Procedure Manual

Guardian ad Litem Project Policy & Procedure Manual

Each item in this Table of Contents is a clickable link - taking you to a new page with the full PDF of each section.

Table of Contents

I. Guardian ad Litem Project Policies and Procedures

A. Guardian ad Litem Qualification Policy and Procedure
B. Procedure for Evaluating the Performance of a Guardian ad Litem Appointed by the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court
C. Amicus Curiae Policy
D. Family Drug Court Policy
E. Judicial Bypass Policy
F. Records Retention Policy (reserved)


II. Rules, Guidelines, and Forms

A. Guidelines for Guardians ad Litem Practicing in the Court of Common Pleas - Juvenile Division
B. Rule 48 of the Rules of Superintendence for the Courts of Ohio
C. Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court Local Rules

  1. Local Rule 17
  2. Local Rule 20

D. Forms

  1. Attorney Information and Statement of Interest
  2. Central Registry Search Request Form
  3. Annual Compliance Statement
  4. Comment Form