​Title 26 (Domestic  Relations)

Guardians ad Litem

RCW 26.12.175 is the Washington law that governs appointment of guardians ad litem in domestic relations proceedings.  RCW 26.12.175(1)(a) provides that, "The court may appoint a guardian ad litem to represent the interests of a minor or dependent child when the court believes the appointment of a guardian ad litem is necessary to protect the best interests of the child in any proceedings under this chapter."  The role of the guardian ad litem is to investigate and report factual information to the court concerning parenting arrangements of the child and to represent the child's best interests.  

All guardians ad litem appointed under this title must comply with training requirements set out by Washington law.  Kitsap County Superior Court complies with applicable laws for maintaining a registry of qualified guardians ad litem including annual review of qualifications.  A notebook of all approved guardians ad litem, their qualifications and background information is maintained in the Kitsap County Superior Court Office located in Room 210 of the Kitsap County Courthouse.  

If a guardian ad litem is needed in domestic relations proceedings, a "strike-list" of three names from the rotation of guardians ad litem is provided.  It is the responsibility of the parties seeking appointment of the guardian ad litem to review the qualifications and background of each of the three proposed guardians ad litem.  Each party may, within 3 judicial days, strike one name from the list.  If more than one name remains on the list, the court shall make the appointment from the names on the list.  In the event all three names are stricken the person whose name appears next on the registry shall be appointed.  All orders must be initialed by an appropriate Superior Court staff member prior to presentation to a judge.

To comply with HIPPA requirements, all requests for GAL fees paid under KCLGALR 5 must include an Order re Guardian ad Litem Fees that may be downloaded in Word or Adobe PDF format.

Current Registry Guardians ad Litem.  To view profiles, click on the name (requires Adobe Reader)


Jennifer Anderson110 Prefontaine Pl S Ste 206
Seattle WA 98104
Karan BergstromPO Box 68
Port orchard WA 98366
Stacy BronsonPO Box 668
Fox Island WA 98333
Dr. Philip Brown​793 Ericksen Ave Ste 123
Bainbridge Island WA 98110
Boni Cherelle2916 NW Bucklin Hill Rd #475
Silverdale WA 98383
Lauren Cole21072 Nordby Drive NW
Poulsbo WA 98370
Anastacia FedinaPO Box 4821
Federal Way WA 98063
Cadine Ferguson-Brown​PO Box 2307
Oak Harbor WA 98277
Lynn K. Fleischbein​9226 Bayshore Dr NW Ste 210
Silverdale WA 98383
John Groseclose1155 Bethel Ave
Port Orchard WA 98366
Mary HeinoPO Box 1964
Silverdale WA 98383
Desiree S. Hosannah​7403 Lakewood Drive W Ste 5
Lakewood WA 98488
Vernon Hosannah​PO Box 65791
Tacoma WA 98464
Angela Lindsay​372 Tremont St W
Port Orchard WA 98366
Dr. J. Scott Menard​PO Box 5266
Bremerton WA 98312
Tanya Michaels​3965 Bethel Rd SE
Ste 1 - PMB 246
Port Orchard WA 98366
Steven L. Olsen​216 Erickson Ave NE
Bainbridge Island WA 98110
​Deirdre Prince​PO Box 1263
Silverdale WA 98383
​Charles W. StevensonPO Box 4233
South Colby WA 98384
​Nancy Tarbell​PO Box 840
Manchester WA 98353
Philip B. Wade​PO Box 5714
Bremerton WA 98312
Martha Wakenshaw9431 Coppertop Loop #102E
Bainbridge Island WA 98110
​Margo Waldroup​3501 NW Lowell St #201
Silverdale WA 98383
​Amanda A. Williamson​409 Pacific Ave Ste 301
Bremerton WA 98337