The Act authorizes the appointment of counsel or a court appointed special advocate to act as a guardian ad litem for a minor in deprivation cases. The Act defines a court appointed special advocate as a carefully selected and trained volunteer whom a juvenile court appoints to serve as the guardian ad litem for a child in a deprivation case. The Act also neutralizes, in terms of gender, the former language of Code section 15-11-55.
Joiner, William R.
"COURTS Juvenile Proceedings, Parental Rights: Provide for Appointment of Counsel or Court Appointed Special Advocate as Guardian Ad Litem for a Minor in Deprivation Cases,"
Georgia State University Law Review: Vol. 15
, Article 22.
Available at: http://readingroom.law.gsu.edu/gsulr/vol15/iss1/22