The same can be said for those "advocates" for child and adults of sexual abuse.
By Jeff Chirico
ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) - A CBS Atlanta News investigation uncovered questionable oversight of court-appointed advocates sworn to protect children.
In Georgia, guardians ad litem are attorneys appointed by judges to determine the best interest of children during contested custody cases, but some parents, attorneys and child development experts question the guardians' expertise and objectivity.
"The mental anguish for my children and me has been huge," said Gracie Ortiz Terrett.
She had asked for a guardian ad litem after a judge limited her custody of her 8- and 10-year-old children to one day a week and every other weekend. But Terret said guardians ad litem Raina Nadler and Jeanney Kutner were far from objective.
In court documents, Terrett's attorney alleged the women improperly communicated with the judge, dictated changes in Terret's custody, yelled and shouted at and tried to influence Terret's witnesses.
Attorney Lisa West said Nadler and Kutner also refused to accept evidence from her for 90 days while the duo continued to work with Terret's husband and his attorney.
"Guardians ad litem simply cannot do that," said West.