Working for free - volunteering as a Guardian Ad Litem
by, 06-22-2010 at 01:13 PM (908 Views)
I recently accepted an appointment as a Guardian Ad Litem. That is a person, appointed by the Court, that helps bring helpful information about minor children to the Court's attention. In other words, I don't work for either parent - I work for the child(ren) and the Court. In many jurisdictions, attorneys accept appointments a volunteer Guardian Ad Litems in high-conflict cases. Those are the cases that are particularly harmful to children.
It is a HUGE responsibility. As Guardian Ad Litem, I can interview any party, interview the child, receive medical records, receive school records, and any other information that is useful to the job. But the most important thing about doing this - I can make a positive difference in the Court system and shield children from further harm.