Cour appointed Child Advocates are volunteers with a minimum of 30 hours training and supervised by Juvenile Court staff.
Staff advocates are called GALs (Guardians ad litem). Duties of the Child Advocate and GAL are the same and are defined by RCW 13.34.105.
The priority is to assign children a Child Advocate if one is available. Approximately half of the children in dependency court have an Advocate, and the other half have a staff GAL.