Purpose: Administer a statewide, independent Guardian ad Litem Program to advocate for the best interests of children, minor parents and incompetent adults in Juvenile and Family Court.
Hon. Paul Nelson, Chair, Term Ends: January 2, 2017
John Day, Term Ends: January 4, 2016
Hon. Leslie Metzen, Term Ends: January 6, 2014
Mark Toogood, Term Ends: January 5, 2015
Wright Walling, Term Ends: January 5, 2015
Mandated Duties of the Board:
•Approve and recommend to the legislature a budget for the board and program.
•Establish procedures for distribution of funding.
•Establish standards, administrative policies, procedures, and rules that affect a GAL's work.
•Appoint a Program Administrator.
Permissive Duties of the Board:
•Adopt standards, policies, or procedures necessary to ensure quality advocacy for best interests of children.
•Propose statutory changes to legislature and rule changes to the Supreme Court.
•Appoint an Advisory Committee.
Opportunity for Open Forum
The first 15 minutes of each Board meeting is open for members of the public to meet with the Board. If you are interested in meeting with the Board during the open forum portion of a Board meeting, please contact Suzanne Alliegro at 651-215-9467.