A Guardian ad Litem is appointed by the court to be an advocate for a child who is involved in court proceedings. Guardians ad Litem can be appointed to different types of cases including child abuse and neglect cases, divorce and custody cases. They write reports to the court that can be used as evidence in legal hearings. Sometimes guardians are lawyers, but many guardians are laypersons. Some positions are paid staff as part of the district court; others are volunteers.
For more information on Guardian ad Litems, visit the Minnesota Guardian ad Litem Board.