Nearly 9000 children are reported abused or neglected every day in this country – over 68,000 in 2013 in Minnesota.
You might not be in a position to take one of these children into your home. But you CAN be their voice. As a Volunteer Guardian ad Litem (a court appointed special advocate), you have the power to stand up for an abused or neglected child. You can restore their voice – and their hope. Giving just 5-10 hours a month of your time can make all the difference in the outcome of our children. Attend one of our information sessions, get free training and become a volunteer Guardian ad Litem!
Guardians ad litem are appointed by the court to represent the best interests of abused and neglected children during court proceedings.
According to federal and Minnesota state law, all children whose parents may have abused or neglected them must have a Guardian ad Litem. When the court is making decisions that will affect a child’s future, the child needs and deserves a spokesperson–an objective adult to provide independent information about the best interests of the child. While other parties in the case are concerned about the child, they also have other interests. The Guardian ad Litem is the only person in the case whose sole concern is the best interests of the child.
Learn about being a CASA guardian ad-Litem;
It is a most rewarding experience and your efforts make a huge difference in the lives of the children you serve.