Guardians ad Litem

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    Individuals appointed by the court to represent, in a particular lawsuit, the interests of minors, people judged to be incompetent or people unborn or unascertained who may have a future interest in the property involved in the litigation. These special guardians may also serve as advocates for dependent children pending settlement of their cases in dependency court; and are usually attorneys but may also be court appointed special advocates (CASA volunteers).

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    Court Appointed Special Advocates - Voices for Children CASACourt Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) are volunteers who work with guardian ad litem attorneys in representing an abused/neglected child's best interests to the court. Advocates interview persons involved with the case, see the children regularly, and work to get the children into a safe, permanent environment as quickly as possible. A 36-hour mandatory training is required. Training is offered multiple times a year.Boulder CountyVoices for Children CASAVoices for Children CASA

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