A guardian ad litem appointed to serve in a juvenile protection matter, as defined in Rule 2.01(19) of the Minnesota Rules of Juvenile Protection Procedure, shall continue to serve in the adoption matter following a transfer of guardianship to the Commissioner of Human Services. In any other adoption matter, the court may appoint a guardian ad litem. The guardian ad litem shall advocate for the best interests of the child and shall continue to serve until the adoption decree is entered pursuant to Rule 45.
Counsel for the child shall not also serve as the child's guardian ad litem or as legal counsel for the guardian ad litem.
(Amended effective January 1, 2007; amended effective July 1, 2014; amended effective September 1, 2019.)
The guardian ad litem shall carry out the responsibilities set forth in the Minnesota Rules of Guardian Ad Litem Procedure. The guardian ad litem shall have the rights and powers set forth in the Minnesota Rules of Guardian Ad Litem Procedure.
The court may inquire into the ability of the adopting parent to pay for the guardian ad litem's services and, after giving the adopting parent a reasonable opportunity to be heard, may order the adopting parent to pay the guardian ad litem's fees.