A Guardian ad Litem is a person who is appointed by the court to represent the best interests of a child involved in a case in Superior Court, pursuant to an order of the court. A Guardian ad Litem performs an investigation and prepares a report for the court of the Guardian ad Litem's findings and recommendations.
To become a Guardian ad Litem, an individual must complete an approved training program, provide background information to the court in which the Guardian ad Litem wishes to serve, and meet all eligibility requirements set by local court rules or policies.
The Yakima County Superior Court Facilitator maintains Guardian ad Litemregistries under (Title 26 representing children in divorces, modifications, paternity, and relocation), and Title 11 (minor guardianship).
For the representation of children in the foster care system, please see CASA Program on the Juvenile Court website.
A Guardian ad Litem does not act as a lawyer or therapist, in the case, and therefore does not provide legal advice, counseling, or diagnosis.
Private Pay Registry
Parties pay the Guardian ad Litem the rate which the Guardian ad Litem established under the "private pay" registry. (Verify current hourly rates and retainers with individual Guardian ad Litem's).