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Fourth Judicial District - Hennepin County

The Fourth Judicial District Guardian ad Litem Program is located in Hennepin County. Hennepin County is the largest of Minnesota’s 87 counties with almost one quarter of the state’s population. Minneapolis is its largest city and the county seat. The Fourth Judicial District Guardian ad Litem Program is certified by the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association and was an original member when first established in 1982.

The majority of the district’s juvenile cases are handled by volunteer advocates (60 percent) with the remaining caseload assigned to paid guardians. We provide the pre-service 40-hour Guardian ad Litem training on site which is specific to the process and culture of the Hennepin County courts and child protection system. At any given time, Guardians ad Litem in the Fourth District represent the best interests of some 2,000 vulnerable children involved in the child protection system through no fault of their own. As this district is very diverse, we continue to recruit volunteers to more closely represent the diversity of those children we serve.

The Fourth Judicial District has four Coordinators who provide support and supervision to our volunteers (Kellie Dillner, Kelley Leaf, Marti Swanson and Vic Walker). We also have a Volunteer Recruiter on staff, Michelle Johnson. We have five full-time guardians who work with Indian families, four of which are tribal members themselves. We also have three additional full-time guardians who handle the other child protection cases. The Fourth Judicial District Guardian ad Litem Program Manager is Laurie Kusek.

Upcoming events

Check out upcoming Fourth Judicial District events on our calendar page.

Interested in volunteering in the Fourth Judicial District?

If you're interested or would like more information about serving as a CASA volunteer in Hennepin County, please fill out our volunteer application form online. You may also contact us directly—please see below.


You can contact the Fourth District CASA and Guardian ad Litem program using any of the methods below:

Program Manger:               Laurie Kusek

Volunteer Recruiter:          Michelle Johnson


Phone:                                612-348-6824

Fax:                                    612-348-4154

Hours:                                Monday through Friday, 8AM to 4:30PM

Postal address:                  Guardian ad Litem Program
590 Park Avenue, MC L878
Minneapolis, MN 55415

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