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Guardian Ad Litem for Minors

Volunteers serve as Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) of minors in cases where CVLS is appointed by the Probate Court to represent the best interests of children involved in contested or problematic minor guardianship cases.

Volunteer GALs investigate the people and issues, make a written report to the Court, and represent the child in court proceedings. GALs meet with the parties and your client, the child. GALs may also interview other interested adults, review the child’s school and medical records, and sometimes consult with mental health professionals and social workers.

Some GAL cases resolve quickly and easily and require only one or two court appearances. Others take as long as several months.

Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation represents low-income Chicagoans in a wide variety of civil matters, both litigation and non-litigation matters. CVLS’ caseload is heavily weighted to family law, real estate, and consumer issues. Supporting volunteers is a priority for CVLS staff.

Type of engagement

Litigation

Time commitment

Completion of orientation (1 hr.) and required 2-hour training, then 20–30 hours over 6 months.

Training and support

Volunteers must attend a special 2-hour training held monthly at noon at CVLS’ Administrative Office. CVLS will provide continuing training and assistance as needed thereafter.

  • Training is provided and required

Acquired skills

Case management, client counseling, client/witness interviewing, negotiating, writing/drafting, subject matter experience

Skills and resources required

All attorneys are competent to handle this matter after the training provided.

Location

Chicago, IL

Guardian Ad Litem for Minors

Volunteers serve as Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) of minors in cases where CVLS is appointed by the Probate Court to represent the best interests of children involved in contested or problematic minor guardianship cases.

Volunteer GALs investigate the people and issues, make a written report to the Court, and represent the child in court proceedings. GALs meet with the parties and your client, the child. GALs may also interview other interested adults, review the child’s school and medical records, and sometimes consult with mental health professionals and social workers.

Some GAL cases resolve quickly and easily and require only one or two court appearances. Others take as long as several months.

Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation represents low-income Chicagoans in a wide variety of civil matters, both litigation and non-litigation matters. CVLS’ caseload is heavily weighted to family law, real estate, and consumer issues. Supporting volunteers is a priority for CVLS staff.

Type of engagement

Litigation

Time commitment

Completion of orientation (1 hr.) and required 2-hour training, then 20–30 hours over 6 months.

Training and support

Volunteers must attend a special 2-hour training held monthly at noon at CVLS’ Administrative Office. CVLS will provide continuing training and assistance as needed thereafter.

  • Training is provided and required

Acquired skills

Case management, client counseling, client/witness interviewing, negotiating, writing/drafting, subject matter experience

Skills and resources required

All attorneys are competent to handle this matter after the training provided.

Location

Chicago, IL