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Child and Family Advocates of Cuyahoga County

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   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
WILLIAM KURTZ, Secretary
IAN LUCASH, Treasurer

WILLIAM DENIHAN

FRANK DESANTIS

DONALD E. HOWARD

ERICK LAUBACHER

STEVEN C. LETSKY 

SANDRA B. MCPHERSON

STEVEN NEUHAUS

KEVIN O'BOYLE

IRENE RENNILLO

DOUGLAS A. SMITH

DEBORAH SUTHERINGTON

ANNETTE TUCKER SUTHERLAND

JONATHAN Z. WILBUR

JUDGE DENISE N. RINI, ADVISER

JOSEPH C. YOUNG, ADVISER

 


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.