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Defining the Role of the Guardian ad Litem Laura Miles, GAL Coordinator Amy Schutte, GAL Coordinator First Judicial District.

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1 Defining the Role of the Guardian ad Litem Laura Miles, GAL Coordinator Amy Schutte, GAL Coordinator First Judicial District

2 Minnesota Statute 260C.163, Subd. 5 Guardian ad litem. (a) The court shall appoint a guardian ad litem to protect the interests of the minor when it appears, at any stage of the proceedings, that the minor is without a parent or guardian, or that the minor's parent is a minor or incompetent, or that the parent or guardian is indifferent or hostile to the minor's interests, and in every proceeding alleging a child's need for protection or services under section 260C.007, subdivision 6, except proceedings where the sole allegation is that the child is a runaway or habitual truant. In any other case the court may appoint a guardian ad litem to protect the interests of the minor when the court feels that such an appointment is desirable.260C.007, subdivision 6 Guardian Ad Litem Appointments

3  Advocate purely for best interests of child(ren)  No competing interests  Monetary  Reasonable efforts: social services must balance best interests of child with family reunification and needs of parents  Consideration for parents only in context of child’s best interest GAL – what for?

4  Emergency Protective Care hearing  Information  Names, ages of child/ren  Reason for removal  Appearance: ongoing GAL  Meet with family, contact information, role  Receive information and recommendations from social services  GAL does not typically offer recs or input GAL Role – the beginning

5  Admit/Deny Hearing, First Appearance  GAL minimal contact/involvement prior to filing  Appearance: ongoing GAL  GAL should have petition  Meet family, talk with social worker (if no EPC)  Discuss placement, family options (if applicable) GAL Role – the beginning (cont.)

6  Continue with same GAL unless conflict  Gather information from collateral sources INDEPENDENT of social services  Schools  Treatment providers  Therapists  Any other professionals involved  Who don’t we talk to? GAL Role - ongoing

7  Sharing/discussing information with social worker  Mutual sharing  No surprises  Visit children (at home or placement)  Generally once a month  Meet with parents  Attend meetings  Case planning  Placement determination  Submit court reports  When? GAL Role – ongoing (cont.)

8  Respect the roles  Not the “police”  Communication  Should NEVER go into court “ambush”  Reports (if applicable)  Discussions prior to court with all parties  Attempt to settle differences  Collaborative while protecting interests  Professional  “Stay at the table” GAL & Social Services

9  Involving the GAL  Effort from BOTH sides (availability, reaching out)  CASE PLANS!!!  GALs are involved in development and are signing off on case plans  PLACEMENTS  GAL are be notified ASAP of changes (prior to if not emergency)  Mutual benefits  Not a competition  Do not withhold information GAL & Social Services (cont.)

10  Guardians  Should not be signing documents as such  The social worker  Do not transport, provide direct services  The Judge  Our recommendations are not an order!  Adversaries  We work with others for best outcome for child(ren) GAL – what we are NOT

11  “Eyes and Ears” of the court  ANOTHER set  More family and child contacts  Recommendations without monetary considerations/impediments  PURE best interests of child(ren)  No competing interests Benefits of a GAL


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