The State Guardian ad Litem Board was established by legislation in 2010 to administer a statewide, independent guardian ad litem program to advocate for the best interest of children in Juvenile and Family courts.
The Program Administrator, who reports to the board, supervises the program managers from the ten judicial districts. Each judicial district program is configured to service the needs of the judicial district. Within each judicial district, there are part-time and full-time Guardians ad Litem with the Second and Fourth Judicial District utilizing primarily volunteers in addition to paid staff.
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.
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.