Guardians ad Litem

Updated First Circuit GAL List - April 18, 2024

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GAL TRAINING OFFERED IN THE FIRST CIRCUIT

The following is a 10-hour GAL Training Series approved by First Judicial Circuit Chief Judge William J. Thurston. The series is valid training for application for appointment as a GAL in the First Judicial Circuit.

Note: Interviewing Children and Youth Parts 1 and 2 are only available to the following view groups: Judges, Guardians ad Litem and Child Representatives (Public Defenders, State's Attorneys, and Parent Attorneys).

Interviewing Children and Youth part 1 (1.5 hours) - PATH Learning System*

Interviewing Children and Youth part 2 (1.5 hours) - PATH Learning System*

GAL Child Developmental Considerations (2.5 hours) - Recorded Training is available by emailing Brenda Sprague at b.sprague.fjc@gmail.com. This training is valid through April 26, 2025 (recorded live March 22, 2024, 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm)

SAFeR - A Systematic Approach to Addressing IPV in Child Custody and Parenting Time Cases (3 hours) - Recorded Training is available by emailing Brenda Sprague at b.sprague.fjc@gmail.com. This training is valid through June 11, 2025 (recorded live May 3, 2024, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm)

The Role of a GAL What A Judge Wants flyer - Zoom - June 24, 2024, live Zoom webinar (1.5 hours) Please use this Registration Form for June 24

*If you have questions regarding the PATH Learning System for the Interviewing Children sessions part 1 or 2, you may contact the Judicial College at JudicialCollege@illinoiscourts.gov or Patti at ptorchia@illinoiscourts.gov.

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To apply for appointment as a GAL in the First Circuit, please fill out the Application for Appointment by following the link below.

Child Representative - GAL Information Sheet - Application for Appointment

If you have questions about the application process, you may contact Brenda Sprague at b.sprague.fjc@gmail.com.