Many court-appointed child guardians in Connecticut are withdrawing from child custody cases or declining to accept new ones amid criticism from some parents calling for reforms in the state’s family
Some guardians also have been subjected to personal attacks in hearings before the state legislature, on the Internet and in lawsuits filed against them.
West Hartford attorney and guardian ad litem Jeffrey Mickelson (MY’-kehl-suhn) says the attacks on guardians are a reason he’s not taking new cases.
I disagree with the mischaracterization that the reason the GAL’s are leaving are because of attacks by parents. This makes it look like the GAL’s are being unfairly targeted. Please take a look at the January 9, 2014 Task Force Public Hearing Testimony. 60 courageous souls stood before the Task Force and told them about the many laws that the GAL’s have broken which have caused them to lose their financial well being and access to their children. The acts of these 60 or so persons has emboldened 100’s of other persons previously too scare to talk to come out of the woodwork and talk about the crimes that the GAL’s committed in their cases. The GAL’s are running because they are being exposed for the crimes they have been allowed to commit. Can you please write a story that looks at both sides of the situation not just based on one biased GAL? ~ Hector Morera
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