Become a CASA

The first step on your journey to becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate is to fill out your pre-application today!

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

Staff

Tricia Kuivinen, Executive Director

Tricia L. Kuivinen is a seasoned nonprofit management professional and licensed social worker with over 25 years of broad experience in the nonprofit sector and a specialty in marketing, external affairs, and organizational consulting. Kuivinen has worked in a wide variety of professional capacities throughout her career, including direct clinical work & case management, advocacy and government relations, health care marketing, maternal health program development, fundraising, and as independent consultant.

Tricia Kuivinen, Executive Director

Hannah Pasku-Wiltshire, Volunteer Coordinator

Hannah joined the CASA of Cuyahoga County staff in January 2017 and began her role as a Volunteer Coordinator.
As the Volunteer Coordinator, Hannah is responsible for supervision, case management, training, and coordination of the CASA Volunteers. Hannah obtained her Bachelors in Business Administration from Kent State University in 2012 and her Juris Doctor from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School in 2015. Hannah was admitted to the Ohio bar in 2015. While in law school, Hannah interned at the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court and

Hannah Pasku, Volunteer Coordinator

Michele Blazina, Program Director

As the Program Director of CASA of Cuyahoga County, Michele is responsible for the daily operations of that program. Michele joined the CASA program in March of 2015 as the first Volunteer Coordinator. She holds a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Social Work from Cleveland State University and is a Licensed Social Worker.

Michele Blazina, Program Director

Sandy Bennett, Administrative Assistant

As an Administrative Assistant, Sandy is part of the support team that helps keep the CFACC office operating effectively. Sandy started working for the GAL Project in 2013 and has been part of the foundational crew helping to ensure a smooth transition during the establishment of both CASA of Cuyahoga County and CFACC. Sandy has an extensive background in radio, television, marketing and advertising and is an award winning copywriter, producer, and voice-over talent. She maintains a presence on the airwaves on the weekend at WQMX and sometimes WONE and WNWV.

Sandy Bennett, Administrative Assistant

Joi Taylor Powell, Program Director

Guardian ad Litem Program Director Joi Taylor Powell is a licensed attorney with broad experience in child protection, juvenile justice, and family law. Prior to opening her private practice, Joi was an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Cuyahoga County in the Children and Family Services Division. She has been a Guardian ad Litem for children and parents in the Juvenile Court and served as a volunteer magistrate for the Juvenile Court's Diversion Program.

Joi Taylor Powell, Program Director