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Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer Guardian Ad Litem!
Minnesota has a long and distinguished history of providing high-quality volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children in its district courts.
Prospective volunteers must go through an application, interview and screening process, including a thorough background check. They must complete a 40 hour pre-service training that is typically offered at the local level after acceptance into the program. We ask that volunteers commit themselves to at least a year and a half of service and that they carry two cases during their volunteer tenure.
The following counties offer volunteer GAL opportunities and may be contacted at the phone number provided for additional information:
Ramsey County (in the Second Judicial District)--651-266-5270--For additional information see the Second Judicial District GAL Program Web site: http://www.mncourts.gov/district/2/?page=46
Hennepin County (in the Fourth Judicial District)--612-348-6824--For additional information see the Fourth Judicial District GAL Program Web site: http://www.mncourts.gov/district/4/?page=109
There are occasional volunteer opportunities in other parts of the state as well and we encourage you to contact the Program Manager for those programs directly to inquire about possible volunteer opportunities.
For more information about serving as an advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children, please visit the CASA Minnesota Web site at http://www.casamn.org/
We invite you to join us for one of the most challenging, educational and rewarding experiences that most people ever experience--being a voice for abused children in court!