The Fouth 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.
2014 Training Schedule for New Volunteers
Prospective GAL Orientation Schedule:
Information sessions will be posted as they become available.
RSVP and additional information:
Contact Michelle Johnson, Guardian ad Litem Volunteer Coordinator - 612-596-7403
Laurie Kusek , Program Manager
Jo Miller, Office Assistant
Michelle K. Johnson, Volunteer Coordinator
Aubrey Haddican, Staff Generalist 612-348-9827
GUARDIAN AD LITEM COORDINATORS:
Lynn Braveheart, ICWA Specialist
Melissa Olson, ICWA Specialist
Tamara Pacheco, ICWA Specialist
Richie Smith, ICWA Specialist
Kathy Talbert, ICWA Specialist
Juvenile Justice Center; Rm C-35
590 Park Avenue, MC L878
Minneapolis, MN 55415
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.
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