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
Training Schedule for New Volunteers - Fall 2017
Prospective GAL Orientation Schedule:
If you have not already done so, you are invited to attend an information session regarding the 4th District Guardian ad Litem Program. We will provide an overview of the guardian ad litem role, expectations and time commitment required as well as answer your questions.
Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer Guardian ad Litem and we look forward to meeting you.
PLEASE RSVP TO 612-596-7403 or Michelle.Johnson@courts.state.mn.us
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Golden Valley Library Meeting Room
830 Winnetka Ave N.
Golden Valley, MN 55427
Saturday, July 8, 2017 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Ridgedale Library Room 172
12601 Ridgedale Drive
Minnetonka, MN 55305
Wednesday, August 9, 2017 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Rockford Road Library Meeting Room
6401 42nd Ave. N.
Crystal, MN 55427