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Since its inception, the Minnesota Guardian ad Litem Program has committed itself to giving abused and neglected children a strong voice in our court system.  The Program provides advocates who represent the best interests of abused and neglected children in court and are independent from the court and the child welfare system.  Guardians ad litem (GALs) are professionals who are paid staff or volunteers and are appointed by the Juvenile or Family Court to represent a maltreated child's best interests in court proceedings.

This Web site will provide you with more information about the Guardian ad Litem Program, contact information for Program Managers, and resources for guardians ad litem.

  State  GAL Board Annual Report 2012  (PDF) 

  • Program Mission

    The mission of the State Guardian ad Litem Board is to provide well trained, effective guardians ad litem to advocate for safe and permanent homes for the children we represent in Juvenile and Family courts.

  • Program Values

    The State Guardian ad Litem Board seeks justice for children by:

    • Ensuring no child falls through the cracks of our child welfare or family court system because of  a lack of an effective guardian ad litem to look after their interests.

    • Ensuring the most vulnerable children (pursuant to federal and state mandates) are the top priorities of the entire Judicial Branch.

    • Providing competent, cost-effective, and professional services by guardians ad Litem, coordinators, managers and program administration.

    • Working as a unified and cohesive team to realize common goals and share statewide resources, ideas, and strategies.

    • Providing fair and equitable treatment of guardians ad litem.

    • Being accountable, ethical, and professional as individuals and as a system.

    • Being sensitive to and competent in areas of culture, race, ethnicity, gender, and the long-term  impact of violence and abuse on child development.

  • Beneficiaries

    The primary beneficiaries of the Board’s services are the children we represent and the public, judges, and the legislature we serve.

  • Limited English Proficiency Plan

    The Guardian ad Litem Board Limited English Proficiency (LEP) plan services as a framework for the provision of timely and reasonable language assistance to LEP persons who come in contact with the Guardian ad Litem Program.  The LEP plan was developed to ensure equal access to services for persons with limited English proficiency and persons who are deaf or hard of hearing.

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