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Guardian Ad Litem Program
A Guardian Ad Litem provides advocacy for children by gathering information to make recommendations in court regarding their best interest. Most cases are related to allegations of child abuse and/or neglect, family violence or marital dissolution proceedings. Unlike the other participants, the Guardian Ad Litem has no interest other than that of the child. The Guardian Ad Litem's job is to ensure that the child is protected, to ensure that a stable home is provided, and to ensure that a thorough family assessment is made.
Guardian Ad Litems conduct interviews and observe the children and significant people in their lives. They review social service, medical, school, psychological and criminal records and reports. They attend meetings with the other professionals involved with the children and their families. They outline options and make written and oral recommendations in court regarding the short and long term best interests of the children. They monitor court ordered plans to ensure the children's best interests are being met.
Guardian Ad Litem Program Manager
Ninth Judicial District
15 NE 5th Street
Grand Rapids, MN 55744