Are you currently a GAL or AMC for Children
Family/Custody cases? Do you want to be?
Announcing the second round of comprehensive
basic training classes for new
and experienced GAL/AMCs – attorneys and mental health professionals.
over six half-days, on the following Fridays in 2010, noon – 5 p.m.:
Oct. 1, Oct. 8, Nov. 5, Nov. 12, Dec. 3, 2010
round of classes will be offered in 2011 (probably beginning in March) and
annually thereafter. Attendance will be limited to 200 participants in each
of these two rounds; 100
professionals have already completed the training.
training is FREE, held at Quinnipiac University School of Law in Hamden.
Sponsored by: the Judicial Branch, the Commission on Child Protection, Children’s Law
Center, and by QUSL.
- Designed and delivered by:
a committee of lawyers and mental health professionals
asked to serve by Judge Lynda B. Munro.
The Chief Administrative Judge intends to submit for approval a Practice
Book rule which will restrict appointments as guardians ad litem and
attorneys for minor children [GAL & AMC] to only those who have
completed this training; this rule would apply regardless of years of
experience. The training is now required for all attorneys and professionals
who wish to be eligible for appointment in cases where the parents are
indigent and the case has been approved for payment of fees by the state,
through the Commission on Child Protection.
through the Commission on Child Protection, which administers the training
program for all attendees – whether seeking to take state-rate cases or not.
Send an email with all contact information to
In order to receive a case to be paid at state
rates you must submit a CCPA AMC-GAL Qualified Application which can
be found on the CCPA website
www.ct.gov/ccpa under “Attorney Information”. If your application is
approved and all training requirements have been met, you will be placed on
the CCPA Qualified list which will be distributed to Family Courts.
order to be certified to accept appointments in the future, participants
will have to attend ALL SIX of the sessions for each “class.” Judges will
be asked to excuse registered participants from court obligations in order
to permit attendance on the scheduled Friday afternoons.
GOALS: -To improve and standardize the
preparation for all professionals serving as GAL/AMCs in family court.
- To create Regional Academies throughout
the state for ongoing support, mentoring, and advanced training for GAL/AMCs;
professionals who complete the Basic Training will be expected to join an
Academy for continued professional development. [Also free.]
OVERVIEW OF THE TRAINING AGENDA
Introduction to the Law and Procedure of Custody Cases
Introduction to Relevant Psychology and Child Development Principles
Gathering Information: Interviewing Parties and Others
Solving the Puzzle: Creating Child-Centered Parenting Plans
Achieving Resolution: Working with Parents to Settle Cases Appropriately
Surviving in Court: Tools and Techniques as GAL or AMC at Trial