A Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) is an adult who is appointed by the court to represent the best interests of an individual for a specific purpose for a specific period of time. Under the direction of the court, a GAL performs an investigation and prepares a report for the court of the GAL's findings and recommendations. To become a GAL, an individual must complete an approved training program, provide background information to the court(s) in which the GAL wishes to serve, and meet all eligibility requirements set by local court rule or policy.
The role of the GAL is to represent the best interest of the child(ren) or alleged incapacitated person by making independent observations of the child(ren) or incapacitated person's situation and make a report to the court.
GAL is different from a Certified Professional Guardian (CPG). A CPG is an individual or agency who serves as the legal guardian of at least three individuals and provides this service as a profession.
Registry Listing of 11.88 Guardians Ad Litem (GAL)
Beginning January 3, 2011, the 11.88 Guardian ad Litem Registry will be handled by the Guardianship Monitoring Program, Room 200, 1116 W Broadway, Spokane, Washington, 99260-0350. Please direct all 11.88 GAL calls to the Guardianship Monitoring Program at 509-477-2622.