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Request for Proposal for Court Investigator and/or Guardian Ad Litem in the Tribal Court

The Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska (Tlingit & Haida) Tribal Court is soliciting contractual-service proposals for a Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) to represent the interests of minor children and a Court Investigator for cases involving children in the Tribal Court. The Tribal Court will contract with up to three (3) GALs and/or Court Investigators for a one (1) year contact with three (3) one year Options for a maximum of four years. 

The GAL will advocate for the safety and well-being of minors in the Tribal Court and may be assigned to the following case types:  juvenile offenders, child protection, guardianships, adoptions and child custody matters. The GAL will be required to meet with his/her client as soon as a case is assigned and, thereafter, on a regular basis as required by law or court rule. The GAL will be expected to provide a thorough report to the Court, along with recommendations where needed, adhere to the deadlines set out by the Court Judge and may require ongoing involvement for the life of the case.

The Court Investigator will conduct a thorough investigation into to the matters and parties as outlined in the Court’s assignment order, provide recommendations and adhere to deadlines set out by the Court. The Court Investigator may be assigned to the following case types: juvenile offenders, child protection, guardianships, adoptions, termination of parental rights, child custody matters or alternative dispute resolution forums such as, but not limited to, circle sentencing, Youth Circle Court, Civil Diversion (for criminal cases) or Elders Court.

Please contact Frances Andrews (fandrews@ccthita-nsn.gov) for full RFP or download here.