Engaging & Empowering Youth: Youth Feedback About Their GAL and Court Experiences

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OCR’s E&EY Initiative aims to provide children a voice in legal systems through effective attorney services and advocacy and to ensure youth voice and interests are paramount in the development of law, policy, and practice. The first action step of OCR’s E&EY Initiative is supporting GALs’ application of the youth-centered requirements of Chief Justice Directive (“CJD”) 04-06, which governs GAL appointments in Colorado.

This paper analyzes the youth feedback collected through OCR’s E&EY Initiative and other OCR data related to youth participation, then makes recommendations for youth participation in legal proceedings and OCR’s oversight and programming.