We advocate for children and families in the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court.

Child and Family Advocates of Cuyahoga County


   Our Mission Statement - 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.

GAL Project logoGuardians ad Litem promote proficient and skillful representation of the interests of children and others before the Juvenile Court, to vindicate their rights, and achieve their best interests as valued members of our community.  

CASA logoCourt Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Cuyahoga County provides 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.


Child and Family Advocates of Cuyahoga County

Board of Directors


STEVEN E. WOLKIN, President; 
JAMES M. MCCAFFERTY, Vice President;
, Treasurer


Child and Family Advocates of Cuyahoga County also sponsors important community outreach programs

Books Galore


Books GALore - Provides new books donated by community members to the GAL and CASA wards and family members and also provides boxes of new, like-new, and used books at supervised visitation centers, the Detention Center and Juvenile Court waiting areas.


Both the GALlop for Children and the Holiday GALa raise funds for wards of guardians ad litem and caregivers. The GAL and CASA ask their wards or the caregivers for the child’s “wish list” and what the family needs, and the GALs fulfill those wishes.
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The GAL Project had a fantastic time gathering birthday gifts for foster children in the custody of the Department of Children and Family Services.  The CFS Child Centered Recruitment Unit hosts Life Book Workshops several times throughout the year where foster children craft their own childhood scrap books with photos, awards, report cards, and other special mementos.  The Life Book Workshop held in March was also a big birthday party for the children.  

The GAL Project donated gift cards, art kits, books, and hats, gloves and scarves for every child in attendance.  The Child Centered Recruitment Unit celebrated the children's birthdays with cup cakes and ice cream.  GAL Russell Ezolt enjoyed the party with his wards who attended.  Beverly Torres, Senior Supervisor of the Unit, wrote, "Your generosity made all of the difference for the kids, and it is very much appreciated.  We also want to extend special thanks to Mr. Russell Ezolt for personally delivering the art kits and attending the workshop.  We were delighted that you could help us celebrate our youth in care and look forward to working with you again." 

The GAL Project thanks all of its generous sponsors and the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation.  We extend very special thanks for making this event truly memorable for the children to Eli Ehrbar for his generous donations to our Books GALore Program; the students of Laurel School for their donation of hats, gloves and hand-knitted scarves; and Pat Catans for the art kits.