Speak Up for a Child
"There is no greater insight into the future than recognizing ... when we save our children, we save ourselves." - Margaret Mead
The Volunteer Guardian ad Litem (VGAL) Program recruits and trains community volunteers to provide court-appointed special advocates for dependent children who are victims or alleged victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse, or neglect. VGALs are appointed by Superior Court judges to represent the children’s best interests during a dependency action brought against the parents.
The program goal is to ensure that a child’s right to a safe and permanent family is acted on in a sensitive and expedient manner. Working with the judge, attorneys, and social workers, the VGAL advocates for the best interests of the child and seeks to establish a secure placement for dependent children.
Definition of Dependent Child
Dependent children are defined as those children who are under 18 years of age, who have no parent willing or able to care for them, or who are abandoned, abused, or neglected and are under the protective care of the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Children's Administration. A VGAL may be appointed for these children to represent what is in their best interests to the court during the dependency process.
If you are interested in speaking for a child and becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate with the Snohomish County VGAL Program, please review our brochure. The application packet for those interested in becoming a VGAL is available below, in a fill-in .pdf format. Please call 425-388-7854 or email for more information.