The MARY ELLEN SOCIAL WORK AWARD is for any social worker who has provided exceptional service in support of the children he/she serves and the CASA mission.

Eligibility and Criteria
-Must be a social worker in good standing in the state of Ohio
-Cannot be a paid CASA staff member

-Evidence that the nominee has made significant contributions toward promoting the best interests of abused and neglected children and providing quality advocacy for children.
-Evidence that the nominee promotes and supports the CASA/GAL program in the community.

Award and Recognition
The MARY ELLEN SOCIAL WORK AWARD will receive the following in honor of their service and dedication:

-A paid registration to the 2022 Celebrate Kids! Conference
-Two nights paid at the Hyatt Regency during the 2022 Conference
-Recognition at the 2023 Ohio CASA Day in Ohio

Nomination Process
All questions must be answered using the online form below. Please limit each answer to 250 words.

All materials must be received by Ohio CASA/GAL Association by August 15, 2022.

In addition, you may submit an additional brief letter of support by someone who has knowledge of the nominee’s skills and devotion to CASA and its mission. Submission of letters of support should be done via email to by the aforementioned deadline. All nominators will receive email confirmation that their submission was received by Ohio CASA/GAL Association.

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* 2. Individual Making Nomination

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* 3. Why is this nominee deserving of recognition? Please provide examples of how the nominee exemplifies dedication to the safety and well-being of children, as well as any efforts to be creative and flexible in achieving best outcomes for children.

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* 4. Describe how the nominee has demonstrated an understanding of the role of the CASA/GAL volunteer. Please provide insight into how the nominee works with the CASA/GAL on any given case.

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* 5. Describe how the nominee exemplifies a high level of professional ethics and respect for the judicial system and CASA program.

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* 6. Do you (or other individuals) plan to provide supplemental documentation in support of this nominee? If so, please forward any and all supporting documentation to