Child victims of domestic violence have greater rates of behavioral, social, and emotional problems, cognitive delays, and long-term psychological effects such as post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. The Domestic Violence Program is the only program of its kind in the country and provides guardian ad litem teams to ensure the child’s best interests are addressed when a case is filed in Civil Protection Order Court.
Our goal is to protect children from further harm and prevent the family from entering the child welfare system.
The volunteer guardians ad litem (GALs) of the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center’s Domestic Violence Program represent over 300 children in Civil Protection Order Court in Denver County every year. These children have experienced domestic violence, both directly and indirectly. Whether the parents are separating or do not live together, the threat of domestic violence is still present and continues to impact the child victims.
An attorney guardian ad litem and another professional, such as a social worker, are assigned to every case where the parties to a civil protection order share children.
In cases involving domestic violence, we look at child safety as the paramount issue when considering when, and under what circumstances, children should be with each parent.
Our team is comprised of experts in objectively assessing family situations and making recommendations in the best interests of the kids involved.
Child Law Center GALs and social workers:
The Children’s Law Center provides a critical first step in creating a safe and stable environment for kids and preventing future child welfare involvement.
[The Domestic Violence Program] is the only program of its kind in Colorado, making Denver the envy of all the other county courts. Due to allocation of resource restrictions it initially focused on the most difficult cases but recently has been expanded to cover virtually all cases where children are involved in Denver. All the Denver judges have enthusiastically applauded the program.