Guardians Ad Litem serve a critical role in the lives of Idaho’s children and youth. Each of Idaho’s seven judicial districts has a nonprofit organization providing representation to children and youth in child protection cases. These Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Programs support the state’s guardians ad litem (GALs) who are appointed by the courts to represent children and their best interests in child protection cases. These programs are making concerted efforts to align with national best practices for child advocacy and key provisions of Idaho Code §§ 16-1632-33 and Idaho Juvenile Rule 35, enabling Idaho’s GALs to adequately advocate for the best interests of the child. Additional GALs in the state would enable CASA Programs to serve all of Idaho’s children and youth in child protection services (CPS). This is critical in child protection cases, as the children and youth are in especially vulnerable positions.
Crossgrove Fry, Vanessa; Lee, Jacqueline G.; Kim, Cheong; Osterhout, Gabe; and Matthews, D'Andre, "Guardians Ad Litem in Idaho: 2022 Program Evaluation" (2022). Idaho Policy Institute Reports. 58.