OKLAHOMA GUARDIAN AD LITEM INSTITUTE

aka Oklahoma Guardian Ad Litem Institute   |   Edmond, OK   |  www.okgalinstitute.org

Mission

The Oklahoma Guardian Ad Litem Institute serves the public and the courts by doing an independent investigation regarding the best interests of children in low income families at no charge for family law courts; reporting to the courts the results of our investigation, including preferences of children who've reached a sufficient age and maturity to state a preference; and making recommendations regarding the care and custody of children that is in their best interests. Through our independent investigations, we help the courts determine the facts, needs of the children involved in family law litigation, and the resources appropriate to meet those needs. We also provide training and education to other guardians ad litem to assist them in advocating for children in family law litigation.

Ruling year info

2016

Executive Director

Sharon Wigdor Byers

Main address

1701 Signal Ridge Drive Suite 110

Edmond, OK 73013 USA

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EIN

81-2175628

NTEE code info

Legal Services (I80)

Public Interest Law/Litigation (I83)

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Our programs

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Guardian Ad Litem Representation

Serve as a guardian ad litem to represent the best interests of children in family law litigation for families with middle to lower incomes.

Population(s) Served

Provide continuing courses designed to educate and train attorneys and other court experts, such as mental health professionals, on the law and practical aspects of representing the best interests of children in family law courts.

Population(s) Served

Provide a centralized location for resources for all guardians ad litem and court experts, such as mental health professionals, in Oklahoma to assist in representation and advocacy for children in family law courts.

Population(s) Served

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Financials

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OKLAHOMA GUARDIAN AD LITEM INSTITUTE

Board of directors
as of 8/25/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Janet Brown

David Hammons

Oklahoma Child Support Services

Amber Rinehart

Rococo Restaurants

Kendall Sykes

Cathy Christensen & Associates

Mollie Dysart

Department of Defense

Kim Taylor

Federal Public Defender's Office - Western District of Oklahoma

Susan Relland

American Fidelity

Laura Kerr

Private Foundation Community Non-Profit Support

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No