A volunteer guardian ad litem -- referred to as a Court Appointed Special Advocate or CASA volunteer in some states -- is an everyday citizen who is appointed by a judge to advocate for the best interests of abused or neglected children during their time in the child welfare system. You not only help change the course of lives, you also help create a safer, friendlier and healtheir community for years to come.
The Fourth Judicial District provides this service with a combination of paid staff and more than 250 specially-trained community volunteers. On any given day, guardians ad litem represent the best interests of some 2,500 vulnerable children involved in the court system through no fault of their own.
Different from a legal guardian, the Guardian ad Litem has no control over the person or property of the child and does not provide a home for the child. The Guardian ad Litem does not function as the child's attorney and does not provide direct services to the child.
PLEASE NOTE: This volunteer opportunity is for children involved in Juvenile Court only. Children involved in divorce or custody cases are served by a Family Court Guardian ad Litem. For more information about guardians ad litem in Hennepin County Family Court, visit their webpage.