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Office of the Child Advocate – Guardian ad Litem Training
language English


schedule 7 Hours
star_outline 0.65 CEUs
cloud_download 10 Resources
computer 1 year unlimited access
verified_user Certificate of completion
face Early childhood training approval


The Guardian ad Litem training offers a broad overview of the rights, duties, and responsibilities of Attorney Guardians ad Litem under federal and state law.

The goal of this course is to provide the student with a basic understanding of what the law requires of an Attorney Guardian ad Litem and to provide instruction on best practices. Students also receive information on scenarios and topics that they are likely to encounter while working on cases for which they are appointed.

This 6.5 CLE training includes modules on:
  • Trial Practice & Ethical Considerations For Attorney Guardians Ad Litem -- Diana Rugh Johnson, J.D., Child Welfare Law Specialist and Judge Pro Tempore
  • Guardian Ad Litem Training -- Honorable Judge Willie J. Lovett Jr., CWLS
  • DFCS' Role in a Dependency Hearing -- Ashley Wilcott and Glenene Lanier, Director, Fulton County DFCS
  • Child Representation: Trial Practice and Ethics -- Melissa D. Carter, Executive Director, Barton Child Law and Policy Center at Emory University School of Law
  • 2016 Legislative and Case Law Update -- Kirsten Widner, J.D., Child Advocate Attorney, Policy and Legislative Advocate
  • Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 -- Honorable Lisa M. Mantz, Associate Judge, Newton County Juvenile Court
  • The Developing Child -- Arthur Taylor, Ph.D., Child Psychologist
  • DFCS Services for Children and Youth in Foster Care

This course satisfies the training requirement of OCGA §15-11-104(f) and CAPTA Section 106.

Discounts available for DFCS, CASA and Juvenile Court employees. Contact Office of the Child Advocate at 404-656-4200.