An important subject in the child advocacy and family law arenas is the role of the Guardian ad Litem.
We’ve learned through years of research that there is a large difference in how guardians conduct themselves, and that it doesn’t always have to do with training or ability. In some cases it is that the guardian doesn’t take their role of protecting children seriously, and in the worst cases the guardian assigned by the court is engaged in what we refer to as putting profit over protection. Unfortunately, many parents are finding out too late that this is a normal occurrence in family law matters where children are involved.
The Office of the Child Advocate Director Ashley Willcott explained that this situation is not as common in Juvenile Court where the guardians do not have the financial incentives they have in family court. And the CASA training and oversight is night and day from what family court guardians have monitoring their performance.
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