Snohomish County Volunteer Guardian Ad Litem (VGAL) Program
Speak Up for a Child
"There is no greater insight into the future than recognizing ... when we save our children, we save ourselves." --Margaret Mead
The Volunteer Guardian ad Litem (VGAL) Program recruits and trains community volunteers to provide court-appointed special advocates for dependent children who are victims or alleged victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse, or neglect. VGALs are appointed by Superior Court judges to represent the children’s best interests during a dependency action brought against the parents.
The program goal is to ensure that a child’s right to a safe and permanent family is acted on in a sensitive and expedient manner. Working with the judge, attorneys, and social workers, the VGAL advocates for the best interests of the child and seeks to establish a secure placement for dependent children.
Who is a Dependent Child?
Dependent children are defined as those children who are under 18 years of age, who have no parent willing or able to care for them, or who are abandoned, abused, or neglected and are under the protective care of the Deaprtment of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Children's Administration. A Volunteer Guardian ad Litem may be appointed for these children to represent what is in their best interests to the court during the dependency process.
Title 26 Family Court Guardians ad Litem (GAL) represent families in custody disputes due to divorce matters.
Yes, I want to help abused and neglected children in my community!
If you are interesting in speaking for a child and becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate with the Snohomish County Volunteer Guardian Ad Litem Program please call (425) 388-7854 or email email@example.com for more information.
PDF of Application