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

You Can Make a Difference

Give A Child A Voice
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Join a network of volunteers standing up for the rights of abused and neglected children in your community.
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Are you ready to change a child’s life?

The Cuyahoga Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS) receives an average of 4,000 calls reporting abuse and neglect every year, which is the second highest number of child abuse and neglect reports in Ohio. In the most serious cases, DCFS must take protective custody of the child and bring the case to court within 48 hours. It is at this initial court hearing, the Shelter Care Hearing, when a GAL is appointed to advocate for the child's best interests. The ultimate goal of the CASA and GAL is to help ensure that every child lives in a safe and permanent home. This could mean reunification with their parents, placement with relatives, or adoption by a loving family.


CASAs and GALs appointed directly by the Juvenile Court offer judges the critical information they need to ensure that each child’s rights and needs are being protected and addressed. CASAs and GALs advocate for the children until the Juvenile Court case closes and the child is in a safe and permanent home. For many neglected and abused children, the CASA and GAL are the only constant adult presence in their lives during the Juvenile Court case.