CVLS is directly appointed by the Circuit Court of Cook County as Guardian ad Litem (GAL) for children in contested guardianship cases. Your client is a child who’s non-parent relative has filed a Petition for Guardianship. The petitioner alleges that the mother and father are unable to care for the minor during this time. At least one parent is objecting to the entry of guardianship As GAL for the child, pro bono attorneys investigate the issues and parties, report to the court on the child’s best interests, and represent the child throughout the case. As an officer of the court, we are a neutral party, working to ensure the safety, well-being, and welfare of the children in these cases.