A Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) is a person appointed by the court to represent the best interests of a child in a legal proceeding. GALs are typically attorneys or social workers who have been trained to work with children and families. They investigate the child’s situation and make recommendations to the court about what they believe is in the child’s best interests.
GALs are often appointed in cases involving child custody, child abuse, and neglect. They can also be appointed in other cases where the court believes that a child may need an independent advocate.
GALs play an important role in the legal system. They help to ensure that children’s voices are heard and that their best interests are considered in court decisions.
Here are some of the things that a GAL may do:
- Interview the child and their family members
- Gather information about the child’s home environment, school performance, and medical history
- Assess the child’s emotional and psychological well-being
- Make recommendations to the court about what they believe is in the child’s best interests
GALs are an important part of the child welfare system. They help to ensure that children’s voices are heard and that their best interests are considered in court decisions.
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This is for informational purposes only, not to be construed as legal advice.