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Fourth Judicial District GAL Program

The Fourth Judicial District Guardian ad Litem Program is dedicated to advocating for the best interests of children who have been removed from their homes as a result of abuse and neglect.

Different from a legal guardian, the Guardian ad Litem has no control over the person or property of the child and does not provide a home for the child. The Guardian ad Litem does not function as the child's attorney and does not provide direct services to the child.

The Fourth District provides this service with a combination of paid staff and more than 250 specially-trained community volunteers. On any given day, guardians ad litem represent the best interests of some 2,500 vulnerable children involved in the court system through no fault of their own.

There is a continuing need for child advocates due to the high numbers of abused and neglected children coming to the attention of the court.

Volunteer Application - Online
Volunteer Application - pdf

2015 Training Schedule for New Volunteers


    Prospective GAL Orientation Schedule:

The Hennepin County volunteer Guardian ad Litem/Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children has upcoming orientations for our fall sessions in September and October  and you are invited! People can come and hear more about the requirements of the program, our application process and the day to day work of our advocates from one of our wonderful volunteers. Please feel free to bring family, friends or colleagues who may also be interested or a good fit for our program. Our training schedule, application,   and information booklet are attached. RSVP’s are required. Contact Michelle Johnson at (612) 596-7403 or michelle.johnson@courts.state.mn.us

Tue 11/18
Southdale Library Helen Young Room   6:30 pm-8:30pm
7001 York Avenue South
Edina, MN 55435
612-543-5900

Sat 12/13
Golden Valley Library Meeting Room   2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
830 Winnetka Ave N.
Golden Valley, MN 55427
612-543-6375

Tue 1/13
Ridgedale Library Meeting Room 172   6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
12601 Ridgedale Dr.
Minnetonka, MN 55305
612-543-8800


    RSVP and additional information:
    Contact Michelle Johnson, Guardian ad Litem Volunteer Coordinator - 612-596-7403


  • FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT GUARDIAN AD LITEM STAFF CONTACTS

    Fourth Judicial District GAL Program: Laurie Kusek , Program Manager
                                                                612-348-5017

    JUVENILE GUARDIAN AD LITEM STAFF DIRECTORY

    Michelle K. Johnson , Volunteer Coordinator
    612-596-7403

    Jo Miller, Office Assistant
    612-348-6824

     

    Gabre Ojeda, Staff Generalist
    612-348-9827

    GUARDIAN AD LITEM COORDINATORS:

    Kellie Dillner

    612-348-9826

    EMPLOYEE GALS:

    Lynn Braveheart, ICWA Specialist

    612-348-6824

    Kelley Leaf

    612-596-1161

    Nancy Lange

    612 596-1133

    Marti Swanson

    612-348-4597

    Calvin McIntyre

    612-348- 8043

    Vic Walker

    612-596-1168

    Melissa Olson, ICWA Specialist

    612-348-8475

     

    Tamara Pacheco, ICWA Specialist

    612-596-1166

     

    Richie Smith, ICWA Specialist

    612-596-1169

     

    Kathy Talbert, ICWA Specialist

    612-596-9101

     

    Patricia Timpane

    612-596-7156

    FAMILY GUARDIAN AD LITEM STAFF DIRECTORY

    GUARDIAN AD LITEM COORDINATOR:

    Jennifer Taylor
    612-596-7540

    Mary Walters, Office Assistant
    612-596-7530

     

    Sandy Boivin, Screener Collector
    612-596-2153

     

    EMPLOYEE GALS:

    Nancy Applebaum

    Jacquelyn Cardinal

    Zak Chesson

    Randy Crooms

    Jean Hariman

    Brad Kearns

    Jamie Manning

    Miriam Maples

    Kelly Motzko

    Susan Olson

    Gary Soule


  • Parking and Directions - Juvenile Court

    Juvenile Justice Center; Rm C-35 
    590 Park Avenue, MC L878 
    Minneapolis, MN 55415 
    Phone: 612-348-6824 
    Fax: 612-348-4154

    Room C-35 is located on the lower level of the Juvenile Justice Center

    Parking is available at the Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) Parking Ramp located across from the Juvenile Justice Center with entrances on Sixth and Seventh Streets.

  • Parking and Directions - Family Court

    Guardian ad Litem Family Court Program 
    110 South Fourth Street 
    Suite 600 MC - L893 
    Minneapolis, MN 55401 
    Phone: (612) 596-7530 
    Fax: 9612) 596-9317

    Parking ramps are available on all three corners of Marquette Avenue and Fourth Street.



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