GAL training complete
It is official. All I have left is my swearing in ceremony this week and I am a GAL.
Now I have a favor to ask all of you ladies and gents on this board. Granted my knowledge may not help your individual cases, but your experiences may help me more effectively handle another family's case.
Now the GAL program I am working with deals with children who have been removed from the house. At this time we rarely deal with custody cases (though it has happened).
Those who have had a GAL involved in their life:
What do you wish they would have done differently?
What do you feel they did not take into consideration?
What do you think they glossed over?
What evidence did you present/ explain to them that you feel benefitted your case? Or worked against you?
With the understanding that GAL's are supposed to conduct their own investigations (I am supposed to interview all children, parents, grandparents, foster parents, doctors, teachers, counselors, ministers, neighbors and anyone else I am requested - by the interested parties: And come up with an independant opinion of the best interests of the child. Since I am doing GAL work pro-bono, I am not getting paid for my opinion... my recommendations are based off fact based investigations and interviews (aka you are not buying me off).
**Disclaimer: I do not believe that "best interests of the child" = child's wishes.**
Where do you think your GAL failed?
What do you wish they had done differently?
What obvious issue did they totally miss?