Since 1980, the Legal Aid Society has provided guardian ad litem (“GAL”) representation primarily for abused or neglected children. Our Children’s Court attorneys represent children in guardianship cases, children in need of protection or services (“CHIPS”) and children in termination of parental rights (“TPR”) matters. A GAL represents the interest of children in these cases, not the interest of either parent.
The Guardian ad Litem Division represents about 5000 children annually in Children’s Court and Family Court matters. Legal Aid Society attorneys are appointed by the court to represent the best interests of the children, not those of the parents or custodians.