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Business RadioX

March 11, 2015 10:00 ET

Pro Advocate Radio on Buckhead Business RadioX Features Julia Bloodsworth

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwired - March 11, 2015) - On February 2, 2015, Pro Advocate Radio welcomed to the studio Julia Bloodsworth, retired guardian ad litem and children's advocate. Host James O'Brien spoke with Bloodsworth about the challenges of being a guardian ad litem in the juvenile court system.

A guardian ad litem is a guardian appointed by a court to protect the interests of a minor or incompetent in a particular matter. State law and local court rules govern the appointment of guardian ad litems. Typically, the court may appoint either a lawyer or a court appointed special advocate volunteer to serve as guardian ad litem in juvenile matters, family court matters, probate matters, and domestic relations matters.

Julia Bloodsworth recently retired after serving as a guardian ad litem for 12 years in the Augusta, Georgia district. Since retiring, she has been active in observing cases and supporting parents and advocates to help them understand how to better navigate the process.

"Judges appoint guardian ad litems and expect them to investigate, talk to as many people as they can, and each individual guardian works a little bit differently," explained Bloodworth. "I spend a lot of time talking to the children -- it takes time to win their confidence and to know that I'm there for them, not the parents."

A guardian ad litem must observe all statutes, rules and regulations concerning confidentiality. A guardian ad litem shall not disclose information or participate in the disclosure of information relating to an appointed case to any person who is not a party to the case.There have been unfortunate recent circumstances in Georgia that have revealed a system to the contrary. According to Bloodsworth, "I want to be very clear about the problems in Georgia's family court system and about what families and children are facing."

To learn more about Georgia's guardian ad litem program and the positive impact Bloodsworth is making, listen to the entire interview on Pro Advocate Radio.

About Pro Advocate Radio:

Pro Advocate Radio airs weekly on Mondays at 10:30am Eastern. Hosted by James O'Brien, Pro Advocate Radio is sponsored by My Advocate Center, the voice for families and family law advocates.

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Business RadioX® interviews dozens of innovative entrepreneurs and successful leaders each week. Its mission is to help local businesses Get the Word Out about the important work they're doing for their market, their community, and their profession. With a pro-business slant and a long-form interview format, guests don't have to worry about being ambushed or talking in "sound bites." Guests have enough time to tell their whole story and to share their insights and experience without interruptions. Business RadioX® hosts are business professionals interviewing their peers, drilling down on the critical issues, and delivering practical information to an engaged business audience. Business topics that are frequently covered include: Law, Finance, Healthcare, Technology, Trade Shows, B2B Marketing, Venture Capital, Training and Development and other issues impacting the business community. For more information, visit:

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