What is a Guardian Ad Litem?
The volunteer Guardian Ad Litem is a representative for the child before the court, social service agencies, and the community. Guardian Ad Litem responsibilities include:
- Monitoring the child's case to insure proper services are received
- Protecting the child from insensitive questioning
- Speaking for the child in court
- Reporting information to assist the Court in determining the best interests of the child.
Individuals who have common sense and good judgment may be eligible to become a Guardian Ad Litem volunteer
. A Guardian Ad Litem does not have to be a lawyer, counselor, therapist, or parent, since he/she does not perform these roles for the child. A Guardian Ad Litem is a person who cares and has time to devote to children. Each volunteer must attend over 30 hours of training
and successfully pass a thorough background screening.