Guardian ad Litem
Gabriela Sandoval serves as Guardian ad Litem (GAL) in Dependency & Neglect and Juvenile Delinquency cases, representing the child’s best interests before the Denver Juvenile Court. In Colorado, the court appoints a GAL on all Dependency & Neglect cases. In these cases, the Department of Human Services files a complaint against parents or a non-parent caretaker of a child based upon neglect or abuse. D&N cases are civil in nature. Some responsibilities of the GAL include: conducting an independent investigation and representing the legal and “best interests” of the child; determining with whom the child will live and what, if any protection orders should be issued by the court; providing input on treatment plans for parents and child; personally visiting with the child and; filing legal documents on behalf of the child.