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Guardian ad Litem Code of Conduct
The Guardian ad Litem Code of Conduct defines the conduct expectations and requirements of a
Guardian ad Litem. You will be asked to sign a copy of this document at the end of training
indicating that you understand and are willing to abide by this code of conduct.
The Guardian ad Litem shall:
(1)
maintain high standards of conduct in carrying out his or her duties and
obligations;
(2)
diligently represent and be guided solely by the best interests of the child;
(3)
report honestly and impartially to the court on what is in the best interest of the
child;
(4)
respect the privacy of the child and the family;
(5)
hold confidential all information obtained in the course of service as a guardian
ad litem, as required by law and these Standards;
(6)
decline appointment, withdraw, or request assistance when the volunteer
recognizes that he or she may not have the time or ability to effectively
advocate for a child;
(7)
affirmatively advise the Program if he or she is charged with or convicted of a
criminal offense, or becomes involved in any other court proceeding, as this
may cause a conflict of interest or adversely affect the GAL’s ability to
effectively advocate for a child;
(8)
report any new incident of child abuse or neglect to his or her supervisor and
the abuse hotline;
(9)
comply with local circuit Program policies;
(10)
notify the Program Director if the guardian ad litem or any member of the GAL’s
immediate family becomes involved in a case with allegations of child abuse or
neglect;
(11)
discuss all recommendations concerning the case with Program staff prior to
submitting recommendations to the court;
(12)
obtain approval from Program staff before submitting any document to the
court or other parties;
(13)
monitor the child regularly, including visiting the child every 30 days at a
minimum; unless that visitation standard is specifically waived on a case- by-
case basis by the Circuit Director;
(14)
return identification cards and all case files and related materials to the Program
office upon discharge from the case or dismissal from the Program;
(15)
discuss case progress and guardian ad litem activity at least every thirty (30)
days with Program staff and regularly submit case activity sheets; and
(16)
complete six hours of in-service training annually.
Guardian ad Litem Code of Conduct
The Guardian ad Litem Code of Conduct defines the conduct expectations and requirements of a
Guardian ad Litem. You will be asked to sign a copy of this document at the end of training
indicating that you understand and are willing to abide by this code of conduct.
The Guardian ad Litem shall:
(1)
maintain high standards of conduct in carrying out his or her duties and
obligations;
(2)
diligently represent and be guided solely by the best interests of the child;
(3)
report honestly and impartially to the court on what is in the best interest of the
child;
(4)
respect the privacy of the child and the family;
(5)
hold confidential all information obtained in the course of service as a guardian
ad litem, as required by law and these Standards;
(6)
decline appointment, withdraw, or request assistance when the volunteer
recognizes that he or she may not have the time or ability to effectively
advocate for a child;
(7)
affirmatively advise the Program if he or she is charged with or convicted of a
criminal offense, or becomes involved in any other court proceeding, as this
may cause a conflict of interest or adversely affect the GAL’s ability to
effectively advocate for a child;
(8)
report any new incident of child abuse or neglect to his or her supervisor and
the abuse hotline;
(9)
comply with local circuit Program policies;
(10)
notify the Program Director if the guardian ad litem or any member of the GAL’s
immediate family becomes involved in a case with allegations of child abuse or
neglect;
(11)
discuss all recommendations concerning the case with Program staff prior to
submitting recommendations to the court;
(12)
obtain approval from Program staff before submitting any document to the
court or other parties;
(13)
monitor the child regularly, including visiting the child every 30 days at a
minimum; unless that visitation standard is specifically waived on a case- by-
case basis by the Circuit Director;
(14)
return identification cards and all case files and related materials to the Program
office upon discharge from the case or dismissal from the Program;
(15)
discuss case progress and guardian ad litem activity at least every thirty (30)
days with Program staff and regularly submit case activity sheets; and
(16)
complete six hours of in-service training annually.
Guardian ad Litem staff and volunteers shall not take action which:
(1)
endangers the child, a party, a witness or other person
(2)
is outside the powers or role of the guardian ad litem;
(3)
violates state or local law, court rule, Program policy or court or Program
procedure;
(4)
contravenes staff or court direction;
(5)
repeatedly or significantly fails to perform a responsibility as a GAL;
(6)
falsifies or fails to disclose information on the guardian ad litem
application form, misrepresents facts during the screening interview or commits
an act which results in a substantial alteration of the individual’s qualifications
to serve in the GAL Program;
(7)
violates the GAL Code of Conduct or the Standards of Operation;
(8)
transports a child or a family member of a child represented by the Program;
(9)
engages in conduct that is inappropriate or not in the best interests of the child
or the GAL Program;
(10)
engages in an intimate, social, or other nonprofessional relationship with any
person connected to the case or be employed in a position that might result in a
conflict of interest;
(11)
practices, condones, facilitates, or participates in any form of
discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion,
national origin, marital status, political belief, mental or physical handicap, or
any other preference or personal characteristic, condition or status;
(12)
accepts a fee for services as a guardian ad litem appointed through the GAL
Program;
(13)
allows any child or family member of a child represented by the Program into
their home;
(14)
gives therapeutic counseling;
(15)
gives legal advice or otherwise practice law in their capacity as a
guardian ad litem, unless the guardian ad litem is an attorney;
(16)
misrepresents the role or position of the guardian ad litem; or
(17)
engages in any ex parte communication with a judge.
(Signature)
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