Representing Children as Guardian ad Litem in Pennsylvania

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At Bierly & Rabuck, our primary goal is to ensure safe, stable, certain situations for the children in each of our cases. That’s why we take a child-focused approach to every adoption, guardianship and surrogacy case we handle. In addition, we directly advocate for children by providing them with the legal representation they need to ensure their best interests are protected.

In Pennsylvania, a judge may appoint an attorney or guardian ad litem for a child in difficult cases involving a contested termination of parental rights, a pending guardianship, or custodial disputes between birth parents. In these circumstances, the attorneys of Bierly & Rabuck ensure the child’s voice is heard in the legal process.

Bobbie L. Rabuck is devoted to representing children and providing the highest level of comfort to all parties involved in the process. We are the voice of children and take our role seriously while upholding the highest level of compassion and professionalism.

When we are appointed to represent a child in Pennsylvania, we:

– Meet with the child. We will spend some time with the child in a neutral place where he or she feels comfortable, whether that is in our office or at a park. For children who like animals, we have cats and dogs that often provide the sense of comfort and security the child needs. During these meetings, we will talk with the child about the case and listen to their wishes and opinions.

– Meet with other involved parties. After getting to know the child involved, we will individually meet with each parent or guardian involved in the case. In a contested adoption, this includes the parent that is contesting the adoption. This allows us to gain a better understanding of all sides of the story.

– Review relevant information. Bierly & Rabuck may review court records and other information relevant to the case. This provides our attorneys with the needed background information to help determine what outcome would be in the best interest of the child.

– Make a recommendation. When it is time for a court hearing on the case, Bierly & Rabuck will make an appearance and provide a written or oral report about the best possible outcome for the child.

If you are involved in a difficult guardianship, adoption or custody case and think that a guardian ad litem may be able to assist you, or if you have questions about the services Bierly & Rabuck offers to children in need of legal representation, please contact us for more information.