The guardian ad litem position requires specialized training in areas related to the
child advocacy for children coping with issues including but not limited to, abuse and neglect, and
separation form parents and family.
The duty of the guardian ad litem is to make impartial recommendations to the court as to the best
interests of the child, including but not limited to:
(1) promoting the health, safety, and wellbeing of the child in the provision of services, placement,
and permanency planning decisions.
(2) promoting actions that protect the childs rights as listed in LCL 8.01.020, Declaration of
Childrens Rights; and
(3) maximizing the childs relationship with the childs family, extended family, and the tribal
community at large.
The Lummi Tribal Court may appoint Guardian ad Litems to advise as to the best interests of
children or vulnerable adults in proceedings brought under other titles of the Lummi Code of