- Learn the roles, responsibilities, and duties of guardian ad litem representation
- Understand the laws governing child abuse and neglect, foster care case review, termination of parental rights, and entrustments
- Receive tips for effectively communicating with children and for working with children as witnesses
- Review the ethical obligations of GALs for children
To be appointed as a guardian ad litem for children in Virginia, members of the bar must meet the standards set forth by the Judicial Council of Virginia. This seven-hour course meets the training requirement under these standards. All attorneys who wish to qualify for court appointment as GALs for children in Virginia must take this course.
GAL for Children Qualifying Credit Hours: 7.0
TOPICS TO BE COVERED INCLUDE:
- Overview of the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court law
- Role of social services agencies in handling abuse and neglect cases
- Developmental needs of children
- Characteristics of abusive and neglectful families and of children who are victims; physical, medical, and mental health aspects of child abuse and neglect
- Communication with children, children as witnesses, use of closed circuit television
- Cultural awareness
This program is supported by the Court Improvement Program, Office of the Executive Secretary, Supreme Court of Virginia, through federal grant funds of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
For more information on becoming a GAL for children in Virginia, please contact the Office of the Executive Secretary, Supreme Court of Virginia, 100 North Ninth Street, Third Floor, Richmond, Virginia 23219, (804) 786-6455, or visit this website: http://www.courts.state.va.us.