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

Joi Taylor Powell, Program Director

Joi Taylor Powell, Program Director

Guardian ad Litem Program Director Joi Taylor Powell is a licensed attorney with broad experience in child protection, juvenile justice, and family law. Prior to opening her private practice, Joi was an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Cuyahoga County in the Children and Family Services Division. She has been a Guardian ad Litem for children and parents in the Juvenile Court and served as a volunteer magistrate for the Juvenile Court's Diversion Program. Joi was a member of the Guardian ad Litem Project Advisory Committee, is currently a member of the Cleveland Medical Association's Advisory Committee and the Coordinator for the University Hospitals/David Satcher Clerkship Community Mentors Program.  Her legal career has been focused around her passion for helping children and families involved in the juvenile justice, social welfare, and family law systems. Joi is a valued member of Child and Family Advocates' staff, providing training and support for Guardians ad Litem and Court Appointed Special Advocates and serving as the liaison between the Court, GALs, CASAs, and the community.

 

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