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Child and Family Advocates of Cuyahoga County improves the lives of children and families involved in the juvenile justice, child welfare, and family law systems through service as Guardians ad Litem and Court Appointed Special Advocates; education and training, advocacy, practice, and policy development; and collaborative alliances with related organizations.
Child and Family Advocates of Cuyahoga County (CFACC) was formed in 2016 as a not-for-profit organization to join the 38-year old Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Project and Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court’s newly established Court Appointed Special Advocates Program, (CASA) of Cuyahoga County.
A significant number of the abuse, neglect, custody, delinquency, and unruly cases filed in the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court require the best interest advocacy provided by CFACC. The GAL and CASA are responsible for the investigation, facilitation, advocacy, and monitoring of the assigned child’s case. Central to their role is the establishment of a relationship with the child through regular and sufficient in-person contact where the child lives, attends school, and participates in community activities.
These children need:
- someone who will speak up for their best interest in court,
- someone to ensure they receive the services they need,
- someone who will work to have them placed in a safe, permanent home as soon as possible,
- a familiar face - someone they can trust.