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Dependency

The Kitsap County Juvenile Court has jurisdiction regarding dependency cases (children who are victims of abuse, neglect or abandonment). The Kitsap County Juvenile Department is appointed as Guardian ad Litem.  The law mandates the appointment of a Guardian ad Litem (GAL) by a judge or commissioner in all dependency cases unless there is good cause (RCW 13.34.100).  Guardian ad Litem means a person, appointed by the court, to represent the best interests of a child in dependency proceedings.  The Guardian ad Litem is a party to the case.  A Guardian ad Litem, either a paid staff or volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), is trained pursuant to statutory requirements.

The duties of a Guardian ad Litem include: 

a. monitoring the conditions that led to the filing of the dependency;
b.



representing and advocating for the best interests of the child, which includes a review and comment concerning services recommended by the State Division of Children and Family Services and placement of the child (in the family home, foster care or relative care);
c. collecting relevant information about the child's situation;
d.


monitoring court orders for compliance and bringing to the court's attention any change in circumstances that may require a modification of the court's orders; and
e.


making recommendations to the court regarding permanency for the child's long-term future, whether the child returns home, is in permanent relative care or is adopted.

The Guardian ad Litem has on-going contacts with the child and family and other individuals and other professionals involved with the family.  This may include contacts with hospitals, schools, state social service agencies, health care providers, psychologists, psychiatrists, law enforcement agencies, substance abuse treatment providers and mental health providers and agencies.  The Guardian ad Litem has the authority to inspect and copy any records relating to the child or children involved in the case, as permitted by law.

 
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