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.

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Michele Blazina, Program Director

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 has been working with children and families for over 15 years, including as a School Based Therapist in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, a Family Supervisor-supervising visitations of non-custodial parents, assisting families in applying for benefits through the Ohio Benefit Bank, assisting the GAL Project and as an Administrator of an early childhood program on Cleveland's West Side. She served as a member on the CASA Steering Committee actively working to bring CASA to Cuyahoga County. Additionally, Michele has volunteered her time in numerous ways in the Greater Cleveland area specifically with local churches serving the homeless population, The Greater Cleveland Foodbank, T.O.R.C.H. (Teen Outreach through Christian Help) as an Adult Supervisor and as a CASA Volunteer in Lorain County. She is also a member of the National Association of Social Workers. Michele has a strong passion for advocating for children and families within our community and provides support to CASAs, GALs, and the Juvenile Court to help achieve the highest quality advocacy.

 

Connect with Michele Blazina

Program Director