Be The Difference In a Child's Life: The Vermont Judiciary Seeks Community Members Like You To Serve As Guardians Ad Litem
Sunday, May 5, 2024
Section: AGC/VT News

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Every child deserves to have a voice, an advocate, and someone looking out for them. Right now, too many children throughout Vermont do not have this essential support in their lives. Guardians ad Litem (GALs) are volunteer, court appointed special advocates who protect a child’s best interests in court cases involving children, usually cases of abuse or neglect.

A GAL works closely with the child’s attorney, meets with the child regularly, and gathers information from people involved in the child’s life to understand the child’s needs and advocate for their best interests in court. The GAL’s goal is to ensure the child has a safe, stable, and permanent home as quickly as possible.

GALs come from all walks of life, and no prior experience or education is required. Successful applicants must be compassionate, have a flexible schedule, pass a background check, and have reliable transportation and internet access. All GALs must complete 32 hours of training and a mentorship with an experienced GAL prior to being appointed to their own case. For more information visit, email, or call 800-622-6359. The Judiciary welcomes volunteer candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply.