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Jefferson County Courthouse, Home of the GAL Office
Photo courtesy of Jefferson County Public Works

Jefferson County's GAL Program is part of National CASA, the only volunteer organization that empowers everyday citizens as appointed members of the court. In an overburdened social welfare system, abused and neglected children often slip through the cracks among hundreds of current cases. GAL volunteers change that.

Appointed by judges, GAL volunteers typically handle no more than three cases at a time—and commit to staying on each case until the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. While others may come and go, GAL volunteers provide that one constant that children need in order to thrive.

Are you ready to stand up for a child who needs you? Inquire today about the power you have to change a child's life.

Our Name

Guardian ad Litem is a legal term for a person who has the authority to advocate for a child’s best interest when that child is a ward of the state. For convenience, we often call ourselves GALs. A Court Appointed Special Advocate, or CASA, does the same job a GAL does, and GAL and CASA are interchangeable terms.

Jefferson County's GAL Program is actively affiliated with National and Washington State CASA, but we use the Guardian ad Litem name because it reflects our local roots.

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