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.

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CASA Court Appointed Special Advocates of Cuyahoga CountyCourt Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) are qualified, trained, and supervised community volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused, neglected, and dependent children involved with the Juvenile Court, in collaboration with key agencies and significant individuals in their lives.

Who Can Become a CASA?

We are simply looking for people who care about children and have common sense.

We welcome people from all walks of life. As a volunteer, you will be thoroughly trained and well supported by professional staff to help you through each case. Read below for the minimum qualifications.

Minimum qualifications of a CASA

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Have access to transportation
  • Pass screening requirements including written application, personal interview, personal references, national, state and local criminal records check, social security verification, sex offender registry check, motor vehicle check, and a child protective services check
  • Complete 30 hours of pre-service training and 12 hours of annual training, thereafter
  • Able to respect and relate to people of various backgrounds and life styles
  • Able to gather and record factual information
  • Able to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Able to maintain objectivity/perspective
  • Able to keep information confidential
  • Able to work within established program policies and procedures and accept supervision from program staff
Time required of a CASA:

  • Able to make a two-year commitment
  • Able to spend, on average, 12 hours a month on each case
  • Able to remain on the case until it terminates