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What Does a Guardian ad Litem do?

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A Guardian ad Litem is appointed by the court to do whatever is necessary to protect the "best interests" of a child, including, but not limited to:
Investigation: A Guardian ad Litem is entitled to all information relating to his/her ward.
Mediation: A Guardian ad Litem will discuss issues with all parties to reach resolutions in the child's best interests.
Monitoring: A Guardian ad Litem will monitor court proceedings and any services provided to the child by Cuyahoga County Domestic Family Services or by a private child placing agency that has temporary or permanent custody of the child.
Recommendations: The Guardian ad Litem shall make recommendations to the court and file any motions and other court papers to advocate on behalf of the best interests of the child.