Guardian Ad Litem Division
Since 1980, the Legal Aid Society has provided guardian ad litem representation primarily for abused or neglected children. Legal Aid attorneys represent children in need of protection and or serivces (CHIPs) and minors in cases of paternirty, divorce, adoption, and termination of parental rights.
The Guardian ad Litem Division represents about 5000 children annually in Children's Court and Family Court matters. Legal Aid Society attorneys are appointed by the court to represent the best interests of the children, not those of the parents or custodians.