LegalWays: Guardian Ad Litem & Child Intermediary

Lesson Duration

By Jennifer Bloom and Sally Revak

This lesson from LegalWays curriculum tries to help students understand who the people in the juvenile justice system are and what they do.  The lesson includes a student reading with guiding questions to explain the law. The “Your Turn” activity asks the students to create situations involving guardians ad litem and child intermediaries and to identify the responsibilities they have in each case. Although this uses Minnesota law, it can be adapted for other states.


  • Understand the function of the people involved in the juvenile protection area.
  • Understand the various ways in which the juvenile system attempts to take of care of juveniles and their families.
  • Learn where to go for help.

Time to Complete

One class period

Materials Needed


See Juvenile Protection Teaching Guide


LegalWays curriculum was funded by Grant No. 95-JS-FX-0300 from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice.


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