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.

Special 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). These webinars will require a PATH learning management system account to access. 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.

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). There will be a code provided in the recording that participants will need to note to confirm their completion.  In addition to this code, this Child Development Considerations Evaluation Form will need to be completed and submitted to CIPTraining@illinoiscourts.gov after viewing the recorded training.

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). There will be a code provided in the recording that participants will need to note to confirm their completion.  In addition to this code, this SAFeR Evaluation Form will need to be completed and submitted to CIPTraining@illinoiscourts.gov after viewing the recorded training.

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

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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.