Child Well-Being

Independent Study - Chapter Three | taught by Guardian ad Litem State Office

Course description

This course provides an overview of the needs and development of children.  Children's needs depend upon their age, stage of development, attachment to their family/caregivers, and reaction to what is happening around them. 


The objectives of this course include understanding: 

  • Age appropriate behavior in children 
  • A child's basic needs 
  • Why the Minimum Sufficient Level of Care Standard is in the best interest of children 
  • The cycle of attachment 
  • How abuse and neglect can disrupt a child's development

This material has been exclusively designed for I am for the child Academy. 

Guardian ad Litem  State Office
Guardian ad Litem State Office
Legal Counsel

Guest Presenters: 

  • Patricia Propheter, Esquire - Continuing Education Coordinator
  • Kristen Solomon, Esquire - Statewide Director of Operations 
  • Brad A. Bobbitt, Esquire - Regional Legal Counsel Northern 
  • Camille Frazer, Edquire - Regional Legal Counsel Southern

Course Curriculum

Section 1: Well-Being of the Child
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Section 2: Advocacy in Action
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Section 3: Chapter Wrap-Up
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Reviews (14)

Vital information

by Karen Onsager
This information should be mandatory for all new parents

by Amaya Ariztoy
I found the examples of situations on all ages of a child and the potential solutions or resources very useful.

Child well being

by Deb Ward
I found the information to be clear and easy to understand.
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Vital information

by Karen Onsager
This information should be mandatory for all new parents

by Amaya Ariztoy
I found the examples of situations on all ages of a child and the potential solutions or resources very useful.

Child well being

by Deb Ward
I found the information to be clear and easy to understand.

child well-being

by rhonda patton
good but case studies would be helpful

by Carmen B Martinez
This is a must know information to become a good VGAL

Very helpful

by Max Smith
Developmental stages were broken down and easy to follow.

Child well-being

by Marji lecompte
Importance of milestones. They are individual. How they can be affected by neglect or abuse. Min. guidelines for the child basic needs are met.

Child Well-Being

by Patty Nicholson
Better understanding of the development stages and effects of abuse..

Chapter 3

by Michael Alicea
Straightforward and to the point. I very well formatted summary.

Child Well-Being

by Mary-Ellen Haley
Another worthwhile course for a GAL's training.

Great Info

by Enide Bellamy
Lots of follow up information and resources were provided

Chapter 3

by Holly VanHoose
Well written, interesting and easy to understand. Liked the varied formats for the different parts.

Chapter 3

by Julie M Kelly
I missed the question on the minimum standard of care. I went back and reviewed the material and did not find the answer necessary to help me.

by LeTrenna Mosley
This course was great! I learned a lot about how to asses the well-being of a child and how to use the "Best Interest Principle" to figure what a child really needs. I especially liked that this chapter gave scenarios of cases one might have as a GAL volunteer and recommendations of what a GAL volunteer might do in each situation.