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​Lawyer-Guardian Ad Litem (LGAL) Trainings and Resources

In a child welfare case, the lawyer-guardian ad litem (LGAL) has the critical role of representing the child’s best interests. The State Court Administrative Office Child Welfare Services Division (SCAO-CWS) is committed to advancing the skills of Michigan LGALs.  Below is a list of resources, trainings, and recorded webinars with correlating training materials for you to view at your convenience.
The federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act requires LGALs to receive trainings before accepting a court appointment in a child protective proceeding.  In addition, MCL 712A.17d requires LGALs to participate in training in early childhood, child, and adolescent development.


Recorded Trainings:

LGAL Webinar Series (2018): Hearing by-Hearing: Quality Legal Representation & Advocacy Techniques for Attorneys in Child Protective Proceedings 

LGAL Webinar Series (2015)


​Staff Contact

Elizabeth Henderson
(517) 373-2621
Kate McPherson
(517) 373-5322