March 27, 2018Federal and state law require guardians ad litem to be appointed to certain types of court cases to advocate for a child’s best interests. We found that the Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Program has not assigned guardians ad litem to all cases for which they are required. We recommend the Legislature work with the Program to determine whether requirements in law accurately reflect the needs of the state. Additionally, we found that the GAL Board has provided limited direction and oversight to the program in recent years, and we make several recommendations to strengthen Board oversight.
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