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Statesí Implementation of Guardian Ad Litem Requirements

Section 8 of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act requires that, as a condition of receiving Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act grant funding, States must ensure that every child involved in an abuse or neglect judicial proceeding is appointed an advocate, or guardian ad litem. The purpose of the guardian ad litem requirement is to ensure that the best interests of these vulnerable children are represented in the court by an individual who has a clear understanding of the situation and the childís needs. We will assess selected Statesí compliance with guardian ad litem requirements. We will also determine whether States ensure that guardians ad litem receive the required training appropriate to their role. We will further describe how children receive guardians ad litem representation in each State, including the number of times guardians ad litem met with children outside the court.

Announced or Revised Agency Title Component Report Number(s) Expected Issue Date (FY)
Nov-16 Administration for Children and Families Statesí Implementation of Guardian Ad Litem Requirements Office of Evaluation and Inspections OEI-12-16-00120 2018

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