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Fourth Judicial District GAL Program

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.

Volunteer Application - Online
Volunteer Application - pdf

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


  • JUVENILE GUARDIAN AD LITEM STAFF DIRECTORY

    Laurie Kusek , Program Manager

    612-348-5017

    Jo Miller, Office Assistant
    612-348-6824

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

    Aubrey Haddican, Staff Generalist 612-348-9827

    GUARDIAN AD LITEM COORDINATORS:

    Kellie Dillner
    612-348-9826

    Kelley Leaf
    612-596-1161

    Marti Swanson
    612-348-4597

    Vic Walker
    612-596-1168

    EMPLOYEE GALS:

    Lynn Braveheart, ICWA Specialist
    612-348-6824

    Nancy Lange
    612 596-1133

    Calvin McIntyre
    612-348-8043

    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

    Pat Timpane
    612-596-7156

  • 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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